Similarities in women's perceptions and acceptability of manual vacuum aspiration and electric vacuum aspiration for first trimester abortion

Sheryl Thorburn Bird, S. Marie Harvey, Linda J. Beckman, Mark D. Nichols, Kathy Rogers, Paul D. Blumenthal

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Abstract

This paper examines women's acceptability of and experiences with manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) as compared with electric vacuum aspiration (EVA) for first trimester abortion. Women requesting pregnancy terminations were randomly assigned to either MVA (n = 64) or EVA (n = 63). Participants completed questionnaires before and after their abortions and approximately 2-4 weeks later. We observed some differences by group in participants' ratings of the importance of method characteristics and in their perceptions of their abortion methods after their abortions. The two groups did not, however, differ in their reports of pain, anxiety or bleeding or in the acceptability of their method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalContraception
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Acceptability
  • Electric vacuum aspiration
  • Manual vacuum aspiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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