Abortion in Cambodia

Liberal abortion laws in Cambodia allow for legal termination of pregnancy up to 12 weeks, upon request. Both public and private facilities offer abortion services including both in-clinic and medical abortion methods.

Is Abortion Legal in Cambodia?

Abortion in Cambodia is legal upon request within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, abortions are only legal in Cambodia to save a woman’s life or preserve her health, if the pregnancy is a result of rape or in the case of serious fetal anomaly. [1]

What Types of Abortion are Available in Cambodia?

  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
  • Abortion with pills (MA) [2]

What is the abortion rate in Cambodia? How Many Women Have Abortions?

An estimated 28 per 1,000 women have an abortion in Cambodia. [3]

In-Clinic Abortion

What are the Different Types of in-Clinic Abortion Procedures Available in Cambodia?

Manual Vacuum aspiration (MVA) abortion is the most commonly used in-clinic abortion method in Cambodia.

Is Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) safe?

MVA is a very safe method of abortion for pregnancies in the first trimester, and/or early second trimester all the way up to 14 weeks of gestation. MVA is 99% effective. [4]

You can get more information on the MVA procedure here.

Where Can I get a Manual Vacum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion in Cambodia?

Women can seek abortion services at private clinics and hospitals as well as public facilities such as local health centers.

How Much Does Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Cost in Cambodia?

Manual Vacuum Aspiration costs range from USD 250-USD 450 depending onypur gestation age.

Are There Any Side Effects of Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)?

The most common side effect is cramping during the procedure. Often this cramping will improve quickly afterward, but some women may experience cramping on and off for a few days or weeks. Most women will experience bleeding and cramping during and after MVA, these symptoms will gradually improve in the following days after the procedure. [4]

Abortion with Pills (Medical Abortion)

Are the Abortion Pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) Available in Cambodia?

Both Mifepristone and Misoprostol are available in Cambodia. [5]

How Late Into a Pregnancy Can the Abortion Pills Be Used?

The abortion pills can be used within the first 11 weeks of pregnancy.

You can get more information on the medical abortion protocol using Mifepristone and Misoprostol or using Misoprostol only.

Do I Need a Prescription for Mifepristone? Misoprostol?

A prescription may be required to purchase the pills and will depend on the individual pharmacy.

What Brands of Abortion Pill Are Popular in Cambodia?

  • Cytotec
  • Misoclear
  • Medabon
  • Mariprist
  • Mifeso [5]

How Much Do the Abortion Pills Cost in Cambodia?

Abortion pills cost between USD 40-USD 60

Who Can I Contact for More Information on Abortion in Cambodia?

Marie Stopes Cambodia: Health services and resources

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/MarieStopesKh

Tel: +855 023 994 083

Emails: hotline@mariestopes.org.kh; info@mariestopes.org.kh

Fertility Clinic of Cambodia: Health services and resources

Tel: (+855)12 55 23 30, 23 2222 95

Email: info@fertilityclinic.com.kh

The Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC): Health services and resources

Tel: 077 995 394

Cambodia Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC): Women’s organization that advocates for the human rights of women and children.

Phnom Penh Office: (855-23) 987158

Banteay Meanchey Office: (855-54) 967 144

Siem Reap Office: (855-63) 963 276

Kampong Thom Office: (855-62) 210 515

Women’s Resource Center: Drop-in information, counseling, and resource center

Tel: +855 (0)92 373 693

You can get in touch with safe2choose’s counselors by email at info@safe2choose.org or by livechat.

You can also reach out to Women on Web or Women Help Women.

Authors:

by the safe2choose team and supporting experts at carafem, based on the 2019 recommendations by Ipas, and the 2012 recommendations by the WHO.

safe2choose is an online counseling and informational plateform that supports women who want a safe abortion, and when needed, refers them to trusted, trained and pro-choice healthcare providers.

carafem provides convenient and professional abortion care and family planning so people can control the number and spacing of their children.

Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care.

WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.


Sources

[1] Center for Reproductive Rights. The World’s Abortion Laws. Retrieved from: https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws

[2] Europe PMC. Abortion choices among women in Cambodia after introduction of a socially marketed medicated abortion product. Retrieved from: https://europepmc.org/article/med/28099741

[3] NIH. Abortion Incidence in Cambodia, 2005 and 2010. Retrieved from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25649162/

[4] Ipas. Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health. 2019. Retrieved from: https://ipas.azureedge.net/files/CURHE19-april-ClinicalUpdatesInReproductiveHealth.pdf

[5] IPPF. Medical Abortion Commodities Database. Retrieved from: https://www.medab.org/advanced-search-multiple-results?country=334&commodity=all&brand=all#multiple-search-result

Last updated on 04/08/2020

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