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Medication abortion success and failure: Definitions

A medication abortion is defined as a success if a complete termination of pregnancy without the need for an aspiration or surgical intervention occurs.

A medication abortion is defined as a failure if an aspiration or surgical procedure is performed or if the pregnancy is ongoing. An aspiration or surgical procedure may be performed as a results of a continued pregnancy, an incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding or other complications, the provider's judgment, or the woman's request.

If you have questions about medication abortion, please visit our frequently asked questions section
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