Knowing that a medical abortion might fail is ver important for a woman that wants to end her pregnacy. This way, it will be possible to remain calm and make the right decisions in this kind of situation.
Your abortion may not work. There is a 5% to 15% chance of failure. It is something normal and shouldn’t be a cause for despair.
First of all, you need to understand that, more that a chemical process, the medical abortion is a physical process. Misoprostol is a potent uterine stimulant, therefore, its use cause contractions of the uterus.
These contractions can cause the endometrial detachment, and, as a result, the gestational sac will also separate itself from the uterine wall, resulting in miscarriage.
Since this is a highly physical process, in some cases this detachment may be insufficient to loosen the embryo. In other cases, the detachment happens as the days go by. Thus, an abortion that was expected to fail, ends up being successful. A simple comparison:
“Imagine a stone that is on top of a hill. Sometimes a smooth breeze all it needs to roll down the hill by itself, but sometimes it takes a stronger push to make it roll.”
What factors can affect the success of my abortion?
Some factors can interfere with the success of your abortion, including:
- Follow the usage guidelines correctly;
- Do not come up with homemade methods or alternative procedures;
- Don’t take other medications;
- Keep a psychological state of serenity;
- Making proper fasting.
Could my abortion fail even if I follow the instructions?
The answer is YES. The medical abortion, as explained before, is a process of physical nature, so, there is a margin of failure that ranges from 5% to 15%.
How do I know if my abortion has failed?
The only method that allows you to find out if whether an abortion has worked or not, is through an ultrasound. This medical test should be done in about seven days after the procedure, otherwise, there might be a risk to get an incorrect result.
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