Counseling for medical abortion

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Aug;183(2 Suppl):S26-33. doi: 10.1067/mob.2000.107947.


Counseling and education are correlated with women's satisfaction with all abortion care. They often assume a larger role in medical abortion because the patient is a more active participant in the abortion process. This article aims to enhance the practitioner's expertise in providing the information and care necessary for women considering early abortion with medical regimens. It offers general counseling guidelines and several likely clinical scenarios regarding the decision-making process, the screening of patients, and the initial and follow-up visits. Through effective communication, practitioners can provide the information and support that patients need to complete the abortion process safely and can help to strengthen women's confidence in managing their reproductive health experiences.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced* / methods
  • Counseling*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • United States