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What is the difference between a complete and incomplete medication abortion?


Ultrasound image: Early intrauterine pregnancy, 5 ½ weeks
Ultrasound image: Complete abortion after mifepristone/misoprostol use

Ultrasound image courtesy of the National Abortion Federation

Transvaginal sonogram taken one day after misoprostol administration (three days after mifepristone administration). The absence of the gestational sac and the presence of intrauterine debris are typical of a complete abortion.

Ultrasound image courtesy of the National Abortion Federation

Ultrasound image: Persistent gestational sac after mifepristone/misoprostol use

Transvaginal sonogram taken after mifepristone/misoprostol administration shows the presence of an empty gestational sac. A persistent gestational sac indicates an incomplete abortion. Management options include waiting for completion, administering a repeat dose of misoprostol, or performing an aspiration procedure.

Ultrasound image courtesy of the National Abortion Federation



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