What Are the Risks of Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

When you order the abortion pill online, you’re putting your health at risk.

The abortion drugs you can find online aren’t approved by the FDA, which means the FDA can’t guarantee the source, quality, or effectiveness of these drugs.

While the FDA advises against ordering abortion drugs online, even the abortion drugs you can find in a clinic or pharmacy come with risks to your health. These risks include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Before seeking abortion drugs, it’s critical to learn all you can to protect your health. 

This article will explore the essential steps to take before making a pregnancy decision. But if you’re looking to speak with someone about your pregnancy options or want to learn about free resources, contact Attleboro Women’s Health

Determine if You’re Eligible for the Abortion Drugs

The abortion drugs aren’t an option for every woman. If any of the following situations apply to you, you aren’t eligible for the drugs:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy. You shouldn’t attempt a medical abortion if you’ve been pregnant for more than nine weeks (after the start of your last period). Some types of medical abortions aren’t done after seven weeks of pregnancy.
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening situation in which the pregnancy grows outside the uterus. 
  • Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used.

Find Key Details About Your Pregnancy Through Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a simple scan that determines the key details about your pregnancy you need to know to stay safe—no matter what decision you’re considering for your pregnancy. These details include:

  • Gestational age: This is especially important if you’re thinking about abortion drugs, and things like period tracker apps aren’t a reliable way to determine your pregnancy’s gestational age.
  • Location: This ensures you’re not facing an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Viability: Roughly 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, and if you’ve experienced one, you will need medical follow-up to ensure you’re not facing any complications.

At Attleboro Women’s Health, we offer free, limited ultrasounds and Pregnancy Consultations to give you the information you need to stay safe and make an informed decision. 

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.