Research Article

Very early termination of pregnancy (menstrual extraction).

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 05 July 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:7
  1. J Stringer,
  2. M Anderson,
  3. R W Beard,
  4. D V Fairweather,
  5. S J Steele


    Very early termination of pregnancy was performed on 424 women in three London teaching hospitals. Altogether 90% of the women were no more than 14 days overdue, and 67% of these had histological evidence of pregnancy. The procedure differed little in technique or its acceptability to the patient from termination done later in the first trimester. The similar incidence of complications suggested that it is not an alternative to conventional contraception. The response of patients, general practitioners, and referral agencies, however, indicated that there is a definite need in the community for a very early termination service.