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Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians
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Manual Vacuum Aspiration

(Published June 2008)

Using This Guide

This Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians presents a summary of clinical information about manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), an easy-to-use option for management of early pregnancy loss, elective termination of early pregnancy, and completion of failed medical abortion. A safe, effective option, MVA can reduce the amount of cost and time required and can easily be performed in an outpatient setting.

The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) hopes this brief review of the use of MVA will facilitate understanding and application of this important, under-utilized, safe, cost-reducing technology.