Medication Abortion and Abortion Pill Reversal: An Exploratory Analysis on the Influence of Others in Women’s Decision-Making
As medication abortion accounts for a growing share of abortions in the United States, an increasing number of women are seeking abortion pill reversal (APR). These decisions are typically not made in isolation. However, little research exists on women’s APR decision-making and the role played by people close to them.
We surveyed women who contacted a national hotline for information on APR and who completed a two-week treatment protocol with progesterone (n = 67). We analyzed women’s open-ended answers using thematic analysis to identify memorable messages about medication abortion and APR. Participants’ communication with other people in their lives was assessed using the Isolation subscale of the Individual Level Abortion Stigma (ILAS) scale, and decision-making difficulty was assessed using a Likert scale.
Thirty-six respondents met the eligibility criteria and filled out the ILAS and decision-difficulty scales. Women tended to talk with family and friends about their medication abortion decisions, while they typically sought information online when deciding about APR. Women reported greater stigma in their disclosures about their abortions than in their disclosures about APR (p = 0.006).
Memorable messages influence women’s decisions to pursue medication abortion and APR.Read Complete Article