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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2b0e8
Pregnancy Termination

Analgesia/Pain Management in First Trimester Surgical Abortion

MECKSTROTH, KAREN R. MD, MPH; MISHRA, KAVITA MD

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Abstract

Management of pain during abortion is a critical aspect of patient care. Although it is not always possible to offer a range of pain control options in every setting, individualizing pain medications as much as possible for patients' preferences is likely to improve satisfaction with the abortion experience. Evidence suggests that higher volume (at least 200 mg lidocaine) and deeper injections are beneficial for cervical block. Adding intravenous sedation with a moderate dose of fentanyl and midazolam reduces the pain scores. Oral benzodiazepines may improve satisfaction and anxiety. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are important options for women with significant medical conditions or complicated procedures.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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