Complications of medical abortion

 

  • How do you know if you have complications and what should you do?

    If performed in the first 10 weeks, a medical abortion carries a very small risk of complications. This risk is the same as when a woman has a miscarriage. A doctor can easily treat these problems. Out of every 100 women who do medical abortion, 2 or 3 women will have to go to a doctor, first aid… Read more »

  • How do you know if you have a post-abortion infection?

    Infections following medical abortions are very rare. If you feel weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever that lasts more than 24 hours or is higher than 100.4 F/ 38 C, pain in your belly, if your belly feels sore or tender, if you bleed a lot or for a long time, or if you have vaginal… Read more »

  • How do you know if you have an incomplete abortion?

    An incomplete abortion is an abortion that has only been partially successful. The pregnancy has ended— no fetus will develop, but your body has only expelled part of the tissue and products of pregnancy. If you have prolonged bleeding, too much bleeding (much more than a regular menstrual period… Read more »

  • What is a curettage/vacuum aspiration and is it necessary after medical abortion?

    Vacuum aspiration or curettage or dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical intervention to remove the contents of the uterus. Sometimes this treatment is necessary if there are complications after medical abortion or spontaneous miscarriage. However in some countries doctors are… Read more »

  • How do you know if you have a continuing pregnancy?

    Continuing pregnancy is a pregnancy that continues to develop even after the use of Mifepristone and Misoprostol. In this case, the abortion has failed completely and the woman remains pregnant. Even if you bleed, you can still have a continuing pregnancy. Bleeding does not mean that you have had a… Read more »

  • 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 very small, less than 1 in 1000. This risk is smaller than the normal risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome. If possible, we advise women with… Read more »