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. Exposure of fetuses to Misoprostol can lead to malformations, such as defects in the skull and abnormalities in the limbs and nervous system (called Mobius Syndrome). However, this risk is small: less than 10 in 1000.
This risk does not exist anymore when taking Misoprostol after the 12th week of 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.
Research suggests that a fetus that has been exposed to Mifepristone alone and is not aborted will continue to develop normally.
Because of the restrictions around the distribution of Mifepristone, many people currently have to use Misoprostol alone, even though it is less effective. By making a more effective regimen available with both medicines, Women on Web abortion help service makes the home medical abortion procedure safer and reduces the chance that pregnancies will continue and result in the births of malformed infants.