Pregnancy termination therapy


Pregnancy Termination Therapy

Pregnancy termination therapy is a medical procedure that can be used to terminate a pregnancy. It can be done using medication or through a surgical procedure. There are various reasons why this procedure may be chosen, such as when a pregnancy is not desired, or when there is a risk to the health of the mother or fetus.

Reasons to Consider Pregnancy Termination

  • To terminate an unwanted pregnancy
  • When the fetus has certain abnormalities
  • When the mother's health is at risk
  • When the pregnancy is ectopic or outside the uterus
  • When the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest

Medication Option

The medication option for terminating a pregnancy involves taking certain medications that induce an abortion. The most common medication is mifepristone, also referred to as RU-486. This medication works by blocking the hormones that support pregnancy and ultimately causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy tissue. Mifepristone is usually taken with another medication called misoprostol. Misoprostol helps to expel the pregnancy tissue and can be taken either orally, vaginally, or buccally (between the gum and cheek).

Surgical Option

A surgical abortion is performed by a doctor and involves the use of a suction device to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. During the procedure, sedation is typically used to reduce the discomfort. The surgical option is generally recommended when a woman is more than 12 weeks pregnant.


There are risks associated with both the medical and surgical methods of pregnancy termination. These risks include bleeding, infection, and damage to the uterus. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor prior to the procedure in order to make an informed decision.