Medical abortion

abortion induced non-surgically, through drugs

A medical abortion is an abortion where drugs are used to induce the abortion. In the 1970s, such abortions became an option to end the pregnancy during its first trimester.[1] The drugs most often used in 2009 are mifepristone and methotrexate, either alone or in combination with a prostaglandin.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kulier R, Gülmezoglu AM, Hofmeyr GJ, Cheng LN, Campana A (2004). "Medical methods for first trimester abortion". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2): CD002855. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002855.pub3. PMID 15106180.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)