Abortion by Labor Induction (Including Intra-Uterine Instillation)
This procedure is generally used after 16 weeks (LMP) of pregnancy and
before the viability of the unborn child, unless such abortion is necessary
to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent impairment to
In a medically induced abortion, medicines will be used to start labor.
Labor induction may require a hospital stay. These medicines can be put
in the vagina, injected in the uterus (womb), or given into the vein (intravenously
or by IV). The medicines used cause the uterus to contract and labor to
begin. More than one drug might be used.
This procedure may take from several hours to several days.
Possible Complications of Abortion by Labor Induction
Who should not have an abortion by medical induction?
Some women should not have a medical induction such as a woman who has
had previous surgery to the uterus or a woman with placenta previa (misplaced
placenta). You should discuss with your doctor if you are one of these