The abortion pill is very effective and usually uncomplicated, but it is important to make sure it has worked. Having some cramping and bleeding does not guarantee that the treatment is successful. Misoprostol may cause serious birth defects if the pregnancy continues. If the abortion pill does not work for you, we will recommend a surgical abortion to end the pregnancy.
If you are up to 9 weeks' pregnant you can take a pregnancy test home 2 weeks after treatment and complete the ‘self-assessment’ instructions to ensure the treatment has worked. You may return to the clinic 1-2 weeks after treat ment for a scan to confirm the abortion is complete, if you choose.
If you are between 9 and 10 weeks, you must return 1-2 weeks after treatment for a scan to confirm the abortion is complete.
If you are up to 9 weeks pregnant you will be asked to complete a self-assessment agreement during your appointment. Click here to view a copy of the agreement.
If your pregnancy test is positive two weeks after your treatment, you need to telephone the clinic where you attended for your treatment. The telephone number is in the front of your 'My BPAS guide' and your discharge letter. If you do not have the clinic number, telephone 03457 304030 to request the clinic number and opening hours.
Serious complications have warning signs. You should start to feel better each day after the abortion.
You should contact your treatment clinic or our Aftercare Line immediately on 0300 333 68 28 (or +44 1789 508 210) if:
- It is more than 24 hours since you took your misoprostol, and you still feel sick, have abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or weakness
- you have no bleeding 24 hours after using misoprostol
- you have abdominal pain or discomfort that is not helped by medication, rest, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad
- you have a fever of 38°C or higher
- you have an unpleasant-smelling discharge from your vagina
- you have signs that suggest you are still pregnant at the end of week 1 following treatment
Telephone 999 for an ambulance if you have experienced any of the following in the last 24 hours after your treatment:
- loss of consciousness
- severe allergic reaction
- acute confused state
- concern for a heart attack or stroke
- chest pain
- slurred speech
- breathing difficulties
- fits that aren't stopping
- heavy vaginal bleeding and have soaked through 2 or more large maxi pads an hour, for the last 2 hours