An abortion is the termination of pregnancy usually prior to the stage of viability (24 weeks' gestation or fetal weight <500g) and before the fetus reaches viability which is defined as having a reasonable chance of survival. A termination of pregnancy after 24 weeks and before 37 weeks is considered a preterm or premature delivery. An abortion can be either spontaneous ('spontaneous abortion') which is also commonly known as a miscarriage, or it can be or induced ('induced abortion') either surgically or medically. There are many different definitions by medical people or lawmakers or others of what an abortion may be. Language referring to abortion often reflects societal and political opinions and rarely medical opinions.

Recurrent Abortion - Abnormal Tests

What workup and tests are abnormal in a patient with recurrent abortions? ... read more »

Women With Thrombophilia May Not Have More Miscarriages

Thrombophilia is a blood condition requiring treatment with blood thinners. According to a study published in Human Reproduction, women with this condition ... read more »

Signs of Miscarriage in Second Trimester

Signs of miscarriage in the second trimester may include some of the early signs of miscarriage, but there are a few that are specific to late stage miscarriage. ... read more »

Miscarriage Symptoms Women Should Know About

Understanding the most common miscarriage symptoms is the best way to be prepared for the chance of miscarriage. ... read more »

The Womb: Battleground in Texas

The womb is the battleground in Texas these days, in a fight for healthcare rights that centers around the closing of 37 of the state's 42 Planned Parenthood-sponsored medical facilities. ... read more »

Abortion Rates Not Affected by Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The drug is known to cause fetal malformations and birth defects, but researchers claim abortion rates are higher in women not treated with the drug than women on methotrexate at pregnancy. ... read more »

Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth Cut in Half

The United Nations recently reported a significant change in the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth ' a nearly50-percent reduction in the last 20 years. ... read more »

Intracranial KCI Injection for Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Peking University published a study in the journal Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy regarding the effectiveness of intracranial KCI injection as an alternative to intrathoracic KCI injection. ... read more »

Abortion Increases Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Women who find themselves affected by an unwanted pregnancy have the choice to abort the fetus and end the pregnancy. Most abortions are completed before the 12th week of gestation and many women recover completely. ... read more »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show Bun in the Oven was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... read more »

Pregnancy Termination: Fetal Chromosome Abnormalities

In a retrospective study of 286 pregnancies where fetal abnormalities, particularly chromosome abnormality, was diagnosed females were more likely to terminate the pregnancy even with genetic counseling. ... read more »

Progesterone Test Predicts Viability of Pregnancy

Measuring progesterone levels in women with pain or bleeding during early pregnancy is a useful way to help discriminate between a viable and a non-viable pregnancy, finds a study published on bmj.com today. ... read more »

Progesterone Test May Identify Early Miscarriage

This study showed that a single blood progesterone test may help women who have a threatened miscarriage with bleeding and/or pain and an unclear sonogram find out early in pregnancy whether they are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy. ... read more »

First Trimester Miscarriage

Approximately one in 3-4 known pregnancies are lost within the first trimester to miscarriage. This number is based upon pregnancies that are verified before the miscarriage occurs. ... read more »

Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

A miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) is a pregnancy that ends without intervention, surgery or medication, before the 20th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

Risk of Flying During Pregnancy and Miscarriage

There is no known increased risk to your pregnancy from flying. Studies have been performed in female flight attendants, and they have not indicated an increase in spontaneous abortions. ... read more »

Pregnancy Symptoms and Early Signs of Pregnancy

Typical early signs and symptoms of pregnancy and common pregnancy symptoms by week and trimester. ... read more »

Aspirin Or Other Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

A recurrent miscarriage is defined as the loss of 3 (or 2) previous pregnancies and i's unclear whether treatment will improve pregnancy outcome in women with unexplained miscarriages. ... read more »

No wait needed to get pregnant again after a miscarriage

 A miscarriage should not deter you from planning your next pregnancy and get pregnant right away. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Safer Within Six Months

A study on the website for the British Medical Journal reveals women who wait six months or less to get pregnant after a miscarriage are more likely to conceive and carry a fetus full-term. The study was completed in Scotland. Researchers noted that the results could be relevant to populations like Scotland, developing countries may wish to continue following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). ... read more »

Abortion, Future Fertility and Pregnancy

Does an abortion affect future fertility or pregnancy? ... read more »

Are Caffeine and Soda Safe to Consume During Pregnancy?

Are caffeine and soda safe to consume when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? How much caffeine is too much when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Previous Abortions and Fertility

Most women who have had several abortions in the past can conceive easily and are able to have a healthy baby. ... read more »

The Hardest Decision You Could Make: “Reducing” Multiples

Her elation was quickly dampened with the doctor cautioned her about the risks of carrying high-order multiples. She was immediately presented with the most difficult decision she would ever be asked to make: whether to take the risk or “reduce” her pregnancy. ... read more »

Caffeine Consumption and Miscarriage

Drinking coffee and caffeine early in pregnancy may increase your risk of miscarriage and spontaneous abortion. ... read more »

Ultrasound and Missed Abortion or Miscarriage

A missed abortion or miscarriage can be diagnosed on ultrasound (sonogram) with several different signs. ... read more »

Did My Abortion Cause My Fertility Problems?

When facing fertility problems it is important to be completely honest about previous pregnancies, including pregnancies that ended in abortion. If you’ve used the Plan B pill, tell your fertility specialist of gynecologist as well. ... read more »

When will Your Baby’s Heart Start Beating?

There is much debate surrounding the actual moment when life forms inside the pregnant woman. ... read more »