3 Things to Know if You Are Considering Mail-Order Abortion


Think you might be pregnant? You probably have a lot going through your mind. If you're scared you aren't ready for this and are considering abortion, ordering the abortion pill online may seem like an easy solution.

But before you finalize your decision and make a move, make sure you are confident and know all the facts about your options. Put your health and safety first by knowing what you're getting into. You deserve the best – be sure that's what you're getting. Here are a few things you should know.

1. Know the Risks of the Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, or RU-486, is actually a two-pill process, involving medications called Mifeprex and Misoprostol. The first drug, Mifeprex, causes the pregnancy to detach from the uterus and prevents further development or growth. The second drug, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vaginal canal.

Like other medical procedures, pursuing a medication abortion is a serious medical process that has associated risks and possible side effects. The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential physical risks of the abortion pill:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn't work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
2. Safety Regulations are Not Universal Online

You know how sometimes you order something online, and it arrives to you looking completely different from the photos? In the same vein, ordering pills online can be risky if you're not sure of the source you're ordering them from, and even more so if you haven't received specialized medical care to advise you.

Regulations on the abortion pill have changed significantly in recent years, but it is worth noting that the FDA continues to advise caution when ordering medication online. It's possible to receive medications with substandard ingredients from unknown online sources that could cause serious side effects or complications.

3. Personalized Healthcare Matters

You deserve the best healthcare that is tailored precisely to your specific needs. By forgoing in-person care in favor of ordering abortion pills online, you may miss out on receiving vital information about your pregnancy situation. You could be at risk of medical complications that would not be resolved by taking the abortion pill, such as ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

What Are My Pregnancy Options?

The FDA only approves the use of the abortion pill for the termination of early pregnancies up to 10 weeks. Due to this important detail, you will want to be certain of how far along you are in your pregnancy before taking the abortion pill.

Without seeking a medical professional for in-person care, it's very possible that you could be in a much different stage of pregnancy than you suspect based on your last period. If you were to take the abortion pill later in pregnancy, you could be at risk for incomplete abortion, a continued pregnancy with complications, or emergency surgical intervention to prevent infection.

It's also worth noting that anyone prescribing the abortion pill over the internet would not be able to help you know if you are at risk of ectopic pregnancy (when the pregnancy is located outside of the uterus). The abortion pill does not resolve ectopic pregnancies and delays in treatment could be dangerous, resulting in a potential ruptured fallopian tube and/or the need for emergency surgery.

The best way to know what risk factors may be a concern for you and what options are the healthiest for your situation is to obtain an ultrasound. A medical professional can answer your questions with in-person care, help you know for sure how far along you are, if you are at risk of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, and help you navigate your decision-making process with helpful, medically accurate advice that's tailored to you.

Our caring and compassionate medical staff is here for you as you figure out your next steps. Schedule your free appointment today to get the answers to your questions. 

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