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Cytotec - To be or not to be a mother?

If a woman faces this dilemma, she is more likely to have a forced pregnancy. It may be a result of rape, unwanted sexual intercourse or simply failed method of contraception. However, women should not lose their nerves over this matter when many safe and reliable methods of medical abortion are available. Cytotec is one such remedy which brings about successful termination of pregnancy in 90% cases.

How Cytotec works?

Cytotec mimics the actions played by prostaglandins. Prostaglandins bring about reduction in the level of the hormone progesterone. It is a vital hormone during pregnancy which is necessary for carrying the fetus. In the absence of progesterone, the womb gets contracted, expelling the fetus. Termination occurs through abdominal cramps followed by bleeding.

Cytotec - the right Administration

Cytotec is available in the form of 200mcg tablets which are to be taken orally or vaginally. If taken orally, they should be held in cheek pouch for 20-30 minutes till they get dissolved. If administered vaginally, they are to be inserted as deep as possible in the vagina. 4 pills are sufficient in the initial phase of pregnancy. After 12 weeks, only two pills are sufficient. If pregnancy has progressed beyond 20 weeks, only one pill is sufficient.

Cytotec : - Possible side effects

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Severe and prolonged bleeding
  • Allergic reaction i.e. Rash, hives etc
  • Fever and chills
  • Spotting till next period
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Delayed period

Is Cytotec suitable for me?

It is better to consult your healthcare practitioner if you have doubts about suitability of Cytotec. However, it is mostly safe for women who are not suffering from any illnesses. It should be avoided in following cases:-
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • IUD inserted in the uterus
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Allergy to misoprostol or prostaglandin medications