If the abortion fail, then we have what is called a continuing pregnancy. It is a pregnancy that continues to develop even after taking Misoprostol (Cytotec – 200mcg).
In this case, the abortion failed completely, and the woman is still pregnant. In many cases, even if bleeding occurs, it is still possible to have a continuing pregnancy.
Bleeding does not necessaily mean you’ve had a successful abortion.
If you still have symptoms of pregnancy such as sore breasts or nausea, it means you might have an ongoing pregnancy, that is to say the abortion was not successful. However, since the hormone levels take up to 4 weeks to return to normal, it is possible to feel these pregnancy symptoms even if your abortion was successful.
Once the procedure of abortion is done with Misoprostol (Cytotec – 200mcg), you can only know if the abortion failed or if was successful by doing an ultrasound about 7 days after using the drugs. You can also have a pregnancy test 3 weeks later.
You can decide not to get an ultrasound, nor a pregnancy test. However, you may be surprised with an ongoing pregnancy and, if it happens to be too advanced, you will no longer be able to repeat your medical abortion.
What is the failure rate of Misoprostol (Cytotec – 200mcg)? (14) (16) (12)
|Lenght of the pregnancy||% of ongoing pregnancies (failures on abortion)|
|1-49 days||0.1 %|
|50-77 days||0.5 %|
|Above 84 days||5.1%|