In Armenia, abortion is widely available, but women continue to undergo riskier means of terminating unwanted pregnancies. A major problem is that a well-established alternative method, which is recommended by the international medical community, is underutilized.
There are two methods of abortion available in Armenia. The most commonly known method is a surgical procedure performed in a clinic or a hospital. But this option carries some risk for women. In Armenia, most surgical procedures are performed using outdated protocols and older model aspirators. Women are also administered general anesthesia, and providers are not trained in current cervical priming techniques appropriate for later first- and second- trimester abortions
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Ingrida Platais is Research Program Coordinator at Gynuity Health Projects.