Medical abortion has low risks.

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Early medical abortion is extremely safe and effective. There is much less risk associated with any properly used modern methods of abortion, including medical abortion, than the risks associated with the continuation of pregnancy and delivery. Millions of women worldwide have safely and successfully used mifepristone and misoprostol for early medical abortion. Neither drug has been associated with long- term effects on women’s health.

4 Serious complications are uncommon after medical abortion and can be treated by any doctor that treats complications of a natural miscarriage. Possible but rare complications include severe hemorrhage (0,2%) 5, infection (less than 1%) 6 and continuing pregnancy (0,3% up to 9 weeks).6  These complications can be treated by any doctor that treats complication of natural miscarriage. Because a natural miscarriage happens in 15-20% of all pregnancies, doctors worldwide know how to treat any complications of miscarriage – or of medical abortion.

Overall % of women that require surgical intervention after using pills

Pregnancy Length

Mifepristone plus Misoprostol

Misoprostol alone

Up to 49 days

2% 5

14,1% 9

Between 50-63 days

2,5% 5

16,8% 9

Between 64-91 days

3,2% 7

21,4% 10

Between 13-16 weeks

7,9% 8

29,6% 11

Between 17-21 weeks

8,8% 8

29,6% 11