What are the chances that the fetus will be malformed if you have an ongoing pregnancy?
If you have an ongoing pregnancy after using Misoprostol, the risk of having a baby with fetal malformations is increased. However, this risk is small, less than 10 in 1000. This risk is smaller than the normal risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome.
This small risk does not exist when a woman has taken Misoprostol after the 12th week of her pregnancy!
If possible, we advise women with ongoing pregnancies to undergo surgical or medical abortions to terminate the pregnancy in order to entirely avoid the risk of having a malformed fetus.
More scientific info:
Research suggests that a fetus that has been exposed to Mifepristone alone and is not aborted will continue to develop normally.
Exposure of fetuses to Misoprostol can lead to malformations, such as defects in the skull and abnormalities in the limbs (called Mobius Syndrome).
The risk of Mobius Syndrome as a result of the use of Misoprostol is less than 10/1000).
Because of restrictions on the distribution of Mifepristone, many women currently must use Misoprostol alone, even though it is less effective. By making a more effective regimen available, this abortion help service makes the home medical abortion procedure safer for women and reduces the chance that pregnancies will continue and result in the births of malformed infants, even if the risk is very small.