Are prophylactic antibiotics effective for preventing infection after first-trimester abortion?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Antibiotic prophylaxis given preprocedure at the time of first-trimester surgical abortion is an effective strategy for reducing the risk of infection and is recommended (SOR: A, meta-analysis). For medical abortions, the routine use of prophylactic antibiotics is not recommended (SOR: B, systematic review-based guidelines).

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