In the Kovac's procedure, a condom-covered catheter with saline solution is introduced into the uterine cavity, thereby inducing labor. Until around 2002, this was the principal method used for second-trimester abortion in Vietnam. Since the Kovac's method was associated wit serious complications, including uterine rupture, hemorrhage, and sepsis, medical abortion performed through administration of misoprostol has become the preferred method of pregnancy termination after week 18 in Hanoian hospitals. At the time of this fieldwork, medical abortion was in principle also available for pregnancy termination earlier than week 18, but this method was rarely used. On second-trimester abortion procedures in Vietnam, see Gallo and Nghia 2007; Hoang et al. 2008; Belanger and Oanh 2009.
Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam
Tine M. Gammeltoft
Univ of California Press, 2014/02/22