Postabortion Care: 20 Years of Strong Evidence on Emergency Treatment, Family Planning, and Other Programming Components

The Global Health: Science and Practice has released a new article highlighting evidence from 20 years of postabortion care studies. For those interested, you can find a link to the full PDF below!

 


 

Global Health: Science and Practice

Global Health: Science and Practice Advance Access articles for August 25, 2016

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Postabortion Care: 20 Years of Strong Evidence on Emergency Treatment, Family Planning, and Other Programming Components

Douglas Huber, Carolyn Curtis, Laili Irani, Sara Pappa, Lauren Arrington

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Twenty years of postabortion care (PAC) studies yield strong evidence that:

  • Misoprostol and vacuum aspiration are comparable in safety and effectiveness for treating incomplete abortion.
  • Misoprostol, which can be provided by trained nurses and midwives, shows substantial promise for extending PAC services to secondary hospitals and primary health posts.
  • Postabortion family planning uptake generally increases rapidly–and unintended pregnancies and repeat abortions can decline as a result–when a range of free contraceptives, including long-acting methods, are offered at the point of treatment; male involvement in counseling–always with the woman’s concurrence–can increase family planning uptake and support.