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Abortion - missed period

Q: What is the best way to have an abortion when only 4 or 5 days have elapsed since a missed period? Are there any after effects of the medicine RU486 or prostaglandin E2? Please tell me about the success rate of these medicines.

A:The drug RU486 has not as yet been cleared by the Government of India as a safe option for abortion. Similarly the use of PGE2 is not yet standardised for very early abortion. The standard option continues to remain an MTP by Suction evacuation which is a minor surgical procedure. The best time to perform this procedure is about 2 weeks of missing the period.

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