Jill Durocher

Expanding Medical Abortion in Tunisia: Women’s Experiences From a Multi-Site Expansion Study

December 1st, 2004
Medication Abortion
Hajri, S., Blum, J., Gueddana, N., Saadi, H., Maazoun, L., Chélli, H., Dabash, R., Winikoff, B.

Contraception; Dec 2004, pp.487-491; doi:

From November 2000 to July 2001, 321 consenting women were enrolled at four sites across the country in an effort to demonstrate that mifepristone medical abortion could safely be used by providers throughout Tunisia. Women who met the study's inclusion criteria were given 200 mg oral mifepristone and offered the choice of taking 400 μg oral misoprostol 2 days later either at home or at the clinic. At follow-up, women were examined to determine completed abortion status and surveyed to gauge their satisfaction with the method. Ninety-six percent of women had a successful abortion using this method. Women expressed a strong preference for home use of misoprostol, indicating that it is more confidential (34%), easier (28%) and requires fewer clinic visits (28%). The high rate of success, demonstrated safety and acceptability of the method in new facilities and with new providers suggests that medical abortion can be safely expanded to new settings with reasonable levels of training and supervision.