Early medical abortion in Australia: more common than statistics suggest?

Caroline M de Costa
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (6): .
Published online: 18 September 2006

To the Editor: Since my article on medical abortion was published in the Journal,1 I have received some information from colleagues, and from women who have undergone abortions, about the current practice of medical abortion in Australia. I believe this may be of interest to readers of the MJA.

  • James Cook University School of Medicine, Cairns Campus, Cairns, QLD.


  • 1. de Costa CM. Medical abortion for Australian women: it’s time. Med J Aust 2005; 183: 378-380. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Creinin MD, Potter C, Holovanisin M, et al. Mifepristone and misoprostol and methotrexate/misoprostol in clinical practice for abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 188: 664-669.
  • 3. Pymar HC, Creinin MD. Alternatives to mifepristone regimens for medical abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2000; 183 (2 Suppl): S54-S64.
  • 4. Say L, Kulier R, Gulmezoglu M, Campana A. Medical versus surgical methods for first trimester termination of pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; (1): CD003037.
  • 5. Chong YS, Su LL, Arulkumaran S. Misoprostol: a quarter century of use, abuse and creative misuse. Obstet Gynecol Surv 2004; 59: 128-140.


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