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A comparison of women's, providers' and ultrasound assessments of pregnancy duration among termination of pregnancy clients in South Africa

This article reports on a comparison of providers’ and women’s estimates of duration of pregnancy with ultrasound estimates for determining medical abortion eligibility. Results demonstrate that provider estimates of gestational age were sufficiently accurate for determining eligibility for medical abortion. LMP-based estimates were also accurate on average, but included more extreme differences from ultrasound estimates. Medical abortion could be provided in termination of pregnancy facilities without ultrasound or with ultrasound on referral.

Access the full text at the following link British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (May 2007), 114 (5):569–575.

  • Topic: Medical Abortion
  • Type: Staff Publication
  • Author: Blanchard, K., Cooper, D., Dickson, K., Cullingworth, L., Mavimbela, N., Mollendorf, C. Von., Bogaert, L.J. Van., Winikoff, B.
  • Published: May 2007