Q. Can failed medical abortion cause malformation in baby?

Answered by
Dr. Sameer Kumar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 16, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have a question concerning a failed medical abortion. I have read the odds and they do not look good. I am 11 weeks pregnant and my medical abortion failed. I started having second thoughts about keeping the baby since this happened but I am also concerned for malformations and any other issues that may come up due to the medication. I have a surgical abortion scheduled and I am starting to get nervous. I just wanted some thoughts on what my odds are if I decided to keep this baby. I know the first trimester is very delicate and I feel like I have already messed this up. I did not realize I was pregnant either so there has been a bit of alcohol consumption plus I take about 1 mg of Alprazolam a day. If you can help me sway my decision either way. I am okay with the abortion. I just feel like I had a second chance or I am being punished.

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Infertility Obstetrics And Gynaecology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

If you have been given tablet Mifepristone 200 mg during the medical abortion process then there is no point continuing the pregnancy as it can cause congenital anomalies in the foetus, however, if only Misoprostol was used then you can contemplate continuation. There are different check levels with scans which can determine anomalies during continuing pregnancy- at 11 to 13 weeks NT scan, quadruple scan, anomaly scan at 18 to 20 weeks.

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