Often, when a woman discovers she’s unexpectedly pregnant, she panics. Do you feel that way about your pregnancy? You’re afraid to tell anyone, and you’re not sure what to do. If you’re considering ordering the abortion pill online, be careful. Some sites offer inexpensive drugs but aren’t regulated for dosage or quality. Get the facts first.
What Is An Online or At-home Abortion?
When people refer to an online or at-home abortion, they’re talking about the abortion pill method. The abortion pill is a medical abortion because it uses two drugs over a 24 to 48-hour period to terminate a pregnancy.
The drugs are mifepristone and misoprostol. The FDA highly regulates mifepristone. It is approved through 10 weeks of pregnancy only (70 days from the first day of your last menstrual period). The FDA also recommends not ordering this drug online.
Is it Safe?
An abortion is a serious medical decision. Before you consider it, you must speak with your healthcare provider. The Mayo Clinic lists many drugs they do not recommend taking with mifepristone. Be sure to check the list first.
It’s essential to review your medications with your doctor beforehand. You also want to discuss your medical history and physical and mental health.
In addition, the Mayo Clinic cautions against having a medical abortion for the following reasons:
- If you are too far along in your pregnancy
- Have an IUD (a particular form of birth control)
- Have an ectopic pregnancy
- Have certain medical conditions
- Take a blood thinner
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your abortion provider
- Have an allergy to the medicine used
Should I Have an At-Home Abortion?
You take the abortion pill drugs at home without the guidance of a physician. It’s vital to understand the risks and be able to seek emergency medical care if needed. Some risks include an incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, severe cramps, and infection.
How Can the Southern Ohio Pregnancy Center Help Me?
You need an ultrasound if you want to find out how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable (developing with a detectable heartbeat). The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.
Getting a positive pregnancy test result is possible even though you’ve miscarried. There’s no point in purchasing the drugs online if you’ve miscarried. An ultrasound also reveals the location of your pregnancy so you can confirm it is not ectopic.
The Southern Ohio Pregnancy Center offers referrals for free limited ultrasounds in our area. Contact us to discuss the expected side effects and potential risks of a medical abortion. We can also review some of your other options.
Set up a free appointment today. Call us at (937) 393-2990 or text at (937) 509-0108.
We’re here for you.