Background and methodology Research has shown that many women choosing an early medical abortion would prefer to be at home rather than in hospital to expel the pregnancy. A service was commenced at a hospital abortion service in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK that allowed women at up to 56 days' gestation to be discharged home soon after misoprostol administration. During a 3-month period, an anonymous questionnaire of women's experiences was conducted 1—2 weeks after the procedure.
Results During the 3 months of the survey a total of 145 women chose to go home to abort. A total of 100 women completed questionnaires out of 145 (69%) distributed. The commonest reasons given for choosing to go home were: to get home sooner (53%) and to be in the privacy of one's own home (47%). Most (81%) of the women stated that bleeding was either “as expected” (55%) or “not as bad as expected” (26%), and 58% of the women stated that the pain was “as expected” (40%) or “not as bad as expected” (18%). The majority (84%) of the women said that they would recommend this method to a friend.
Discussion and conclusions Discharge home for the final stage of a medical abortion was highly acceptable to women. Since availability is not limited by hospital bed space, more women can be treated by medical methods.
- early medical discharge
- home abortion
- medical abortion
- outpatient medical abortion
- Accepted August 4, 2010.
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