Control of pain for women undergoing abortion

Suppl Int J Gynecol Obstet. 1989;3:131-40. doi: 10.1016/0020-7292(89)90113-6.


To reduce the anxiety and pain experienced by women undergoing abortion, pre-abortion psychological counseling should be given the first priority. Additional techniques for reducing pain are described, including the use of local anesthetic, sedatives, analgesics, and systemic anesthetic agents. Recommendations for practice include an improved technique for paracervical block, modified abortion technique to reduce painful stimulus, and safe use of low dose intravenous sedatives. General anesthesia should be avoided to improve abortion safety.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / methods*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, General
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Anesthesia, Obstetrical*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lidocaine
  • Pregnancy*
  • Pregnancy, Unwanted*


  • Lidocaine