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Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
General Medicine / Specialist
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

This session discusses unintended pregnancy, how to conduct a consultation with women seeking abortion or those who are undecided. It also gives a synopsis of abortion procedures and referral pathways for obtaining an abortion. It gives a brief overview of the legislative framework for conducting abortions legally in the UK under the 1967 Abortion Act (amended 1990).

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • 7.1 Outline options following an unplanned pregnancy
  • 7.2 Outline current law and professional guidance on abortion
  • 7.3 Describe the varying referral pathways made available
  • 7.4 Explain how to support a woman who is considering an abortion
  • 7.5 Conduct an effective consultation with a woman with a first presentation of unwanted pregnancy

Access to abortion care is a key determinant in the outcome of an unintended pregnancy and varies considerably throughout the world.

Instructors / Speakers
Dr Michelle Cooper,
Consultant in Gynaecology and Sexual Health

After completing her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in East Scotland, Dr Cooper now works as a Consultant in Gynaecology and Sexual Health at Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh. She previously completed a PhD research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2019) with the aim of increasing access to postpartum contraception in the UK and has published work in this field. She is a Faculty-Registered Trainer, a member of the MFSRH OSCE examination group and has been involved in question-writing and standard-setting for the DFSRH assessment. She has contributed to FSRH guidelines on Intrauterine Contraception and Drug Interactions with Hormonal Contraception, and has previously developed e-learning resources in contraception for the RCOG and Scottish Government.

Dr Deepthi Lavu,
Speciality Doctor (Obstetrics and Gynaecology),

Deepthi graduated with a medical degree from Hyderabad, India in 2010. She began her Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in the UK and was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in 2012. In addition to clinical training, she completed a Masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Keele University in 2019. Throughout her career she developed a special interest and skills in sexual and health, including the FSRH Diploma (DFSRH). She was on the editorial board of StratOG, RCOG's eLearning platform, for two terms where she oversaw the modules related to sexual and reproductive health.

Deepthi is an active clinician researcher and has many publications and presentations to her name. Her research interests include work on big data, reproductive medicine and premenstrual syndrome. She, along with the Professor Shaughn O'Brien, is the co-inventor of PreMentricS, a smartphone app to assist clinicians in the diagnosis of premenstrual disorders.

Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion course for Medical Doctors
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Sexual health
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