Do I need an ultrasound to confirm the abortion pills were successful?
An ultrasound is not required after a pill abortion. While it can sometimes be helpful to confirm the process was successful, it can sometimes also be used to diagnose a woman with an “incomplete abortion” if blood and clot is still seen inside the uterus. This is often a normal finding on ultrasound for a few weeks after using the abortion pills, but it can be used by some health providers to recommend women to have a vaccuum aspiration or a D&C.
Ultrasound should be performed when there is suspicion of complications (heavy bleeding, infection, etc.). However, if the abortion pill process goes as expected without complications, the least invasive method to confirm successful pill abortion is a urine home pregnancy test 4 weeks after using the pills.
After an abortion with pills
- Do I need an ultrasound to confirm the abortion pills were successful?
- Do the abortion pills get less effective if you use them again in the future?
- How can I prevent another pregnancy in the future?
- How many days should I rest after using abortion pills?
- What happens if I am still pregnant after using abortion pills?
- Will I need a dilation and curettage (D&C) after using abortion pills?
- Will I be able to get pregnant after an abortion?
- How long do I need to wait to have sex after using abortion pills?
*Nothing provided herein should be construed as professional medical advice and no medication / pills should be used without a prescription from a licensed / registered medical practitioner eligible to prescribe such medication in your local jurisdiction.