Medication Abortion Up to 70 Days of Gestation

Contraception. 2020 Oct;102(4):225-236. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2020.08.004. Epub 2020 Aug 14.


Medication abortion, also referred to as medical abortion, is a safe and effective method of providing abortion. Medication abortion involves the use of medicines rather than uterine aspiration to induce an abortion. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication abortion regimen includes mifepristone and misoprostol. The purpose of this document is to provide updated evidence-based guidance on the provision of medication abortion up to 70 days (or 10 weeks) of gestation. Information about medication abortion after 70 days of gestation is provided in other ACOG publications [1].

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal / administration & dosage*
  • Abortifacient Agents, Steroidal / administration & dosage*
  • Abortion, Induced / methods*
  • Adult
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Mifepristone / administration & dosage*
  • Misoprostol / administration & dosage*
  • Pregnancy
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
  • Abortifacient Agents, Steroidal
  • Misoprostol
  • Mifepristone