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Self-assessment of success of early medical abortion using a self-performed urine pregnancy test.

Cameron, S., Rowlands, S. and Gemzell-Danielsson, K., 2019. Self-assessment of success of early medical abortion using a self-performed urine pregnancy test. European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 24 (4), 319- 321.

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DOI: 10.1080/13625187.2019.1618446


Purpose: The European Society of Contraception Expert Group on Abortion identified as one of its priorities the need to disseminate up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of urine pregnancy tests by women for the self assessment of the success of early medical abortion (EMA). Methods and materials: A concise communication was produced which summarises the latest research in an easy-to-read format suitable for busy clinicians. Information about individual urinary pregnancy tests is presented in boxes for ease of reference. Results: Urinary pregnancy tests (low sensitivity, high sensitivity and multilevel) can be used in combination with signs and symptoms of pregnancy to exclude an ongoing pregnancy after EMA. Conclusion: Women are able to determine the success of early medical abortion (EMA) themselves using a combination of signs, symptoms and a urine pregnancy test. This simplifies EMA, expands the range of professionals able to provide EMA and most importantly gives women greater control over their bodies and treatment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Medical abortion; human chorionic gonadotrophin; low sensitivity urine pregnancy test; medical abortion follow up; multilevel urine pregnancy test
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32439
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:26 Jun 2019 13:30
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:16


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