Induced abortion

Current Care Summary
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Current Care Guideline «Raskaudenkeskeytys»1 and Summary «Raskaudenkeskeytys»2 in Finnish

The rate of induced abortions (9/1 000 women aged 15–49 y in 2011) is low in Finland. Ninety-two per cent of them are performed on grounds of social reasons. Use of medical abortion (combination of mifepristone and misoprostol) has increased to nearly 90 % of abortions, also in abortions of 9–12 weeks of pregnancy. Intrauterine contraception started at the time of abortion lowers the risk of future unplanned pregnancies. Prophylactic antibiotics are recommended in cases of surgical evacuation of the uterus. Written instructions for patients and professionals are introduced in the guideline.

Oskari Heikinheimo (Chair)

Riitta Burrell

Katriina Kukkonen-Harjula

Maarit Niinimäki

Pirjo Pennanen

Sirpa Rekonen

Maija Ritamo

Satu Suhonen

Laura Trujillo

Mia Venhola