Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe?

Nov 27, 2023 | Abortion

When making a pregnancy decision, protecting your health must be the top priority. Some women have turned to obtaining abortion medications online and administering them at home. But is this practice safe?

We’ll provide the information you should know about this method. We’re here to give you the facts. 

Concerns with Online Abortions

As online abortion medications can come from unregulated, overseas pharmacies, you may receive the wrong dosage or medication. Moreover, if you obtain these medications after a single telemedicine appointment, you haven’t received the proper in-person medical care. 

Mifepristone, the first abortion medication, is FDA-approved only through ten weeks gestation. If you take this medication after this gestational age, you could develop side effects, or the procedure could be unsuccessful. This is a risk you shouldn’t take.

A lack of appropriate medical care also means you won’t receive an obstetric ultrasound. This scan is necessary to identify your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location. These details can help you understand your options and identify possible conditions like ectopic pregnancy

You owe it to yourself to safeguard your health and discuss your pregnancy information in an in-person environment. 

Medical Abortion: What You Should Know

Medical abortion uses mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate the pregnancy. These medications will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, though you may experience other side effects:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

This procedure also presents the following risks. Though rare, they are ones you should know:

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the medications don’t work)
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)

If you have certain risk factors, you should not have a medical abortion. These risk factors include:

  • Having a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Having an IUD
  • Having certain medical conditions (i.e., severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, or bleeding disorders)
  • Are too far along in your pregnancy
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • Have an allergy to the abortion medications
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or access emergency care

Protect yourself by understanding abortion procedures and making an informed choice.

We’re Here For You

Sac Valley Women’s Health offers limited ultrasounds, pregnancy options consultations, and more. All services are free and confidential. 

Contact us today to request an appointment.

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