• Habibeh Gitiforooz
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-48113-0_7

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.18 million legal abortions were performed in the United States in 1997.

The risk of death from legal abortion is 0.4 per 100,000 induced abortions. Most abortions are performed surgically by vacuum curettage. Medical abortion (abortion induced by the use of medications) has recently become an option in this country. In most medical abortions, expulsion of the pregnancy occurs at home. About 1% of women require surgical evacuation to complete the process.

Technique for Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion can be performed in an office or hospital setting. The success rate of surgical termination is 99%. It is usually a single-step process that requires one visit to the practitioner. In early pregnancy (less than 7 weeks), a small flexible plastic cannula (5–6 mm) is inserted into the uterus under sterile conditions. Plastic syringes (50 ml) are used as the vacuum source and the uterine contents are suctioned out....


Uterine Wall Medical Abortion Legal Abortion Uterine Perforation Adequate Pain Relief 
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