Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Comparative effectiveness, safety and acceptability of medical abortion at home and in a clinic: a systematic review

Thoai D Ngo, Min Hae Park, Haleema Shakur & Caroline Free

Volume 89, Number 5, May 2011, 360-370

Table 3. Side-effects and complications, their duration and the proportion of women who reported them among those who underwent home-based and clinic-based medical abortion

Study Side-effect/complication
Pain/cramps
Nausea
Vomiting
Fever/chills
Heavy bleedinga
Mean no. of days (SD)
% who reported Mean no. of days (SD)
% who reported Mean no. of days (SD)
% who reported Mean no. of days (SD)
% who reported Mean no. of days (SD)
% who reported
H C H C H C H C H C
Akin et al. 20049 2.9 (3.1) 2.6 (3.4) NR 2.0 (2.8) 1.8 (2.0) NR 0.8 (2.0) 0.4 (1.0) NR 1.0 (2.4) 0.4 (0.7) NR 2.1 (2.3) 1.7 (2.5) NR
Bracken et al. 200624 0.6 (1.2) 0.5 (1.2) 90.3 1.1 (1.4) 1.2 (1.4) 62.7 0.7 (1.2) 0.7 (1.1) 33.7 0.3 (0.8) 0.3 (0.7) 23.2 1.9 (1.7) 2.0 (2.0) NR
Ngoc et al. 200430 1.7 1.4* NR 1.5 0.8* NR 0.6 0.2* NR 0.4 0* NR 2.5 2.4 NR
Karki et al. 200929 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 11.5 NR NR 8.5 NR NR NR

C, clinic; H, home; NR, not reported; SD, standard deviation; *P < 0.05.

a Bleeding heavier than a normal menstrual bleed.