The abortion pill (also called a “medical abortion”) is a combination of two powerful drugs. If you’re considering these drugs to end your pregnancy, it’s critical to be aware that they aren’t an option for every woman. Certain factors and situations make you ineligible. 

This article will discuss the eligibility criteria for the abortion drugs, the potential risks, and how to protect your health. But if you’re looking for a place to safely explore your options and find free pregnancy resources, contact The Hope Clinic to schedule a free of charge, confidential appointment. 

What Factors Make Me Ineligible for the Abortion Drugs?

One of the main factors that will determine your eligibility for the abortion drugs is your pregnancy’s gestational age. The abortion drugs are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks gestation. 

Other factors and situations that make you ineligible for the abortion drugs include:

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening situation in which the pregnancy develops 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.

Furthermore, if you have a history of mental health issues (including anxiety or depression) or feel at all pressured into an abortion, these are risk factors for experiencing adverse mental health complications after an abortion.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Drugs? 

The abortion drugs are associated with risks, and you’re more likely to experience one if you attempt to take the drugs despite being ineligible. 

The risks associated with the abortion drugs include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

How Can I Protect My Health?

No matter what pregnancy decision you’re considering, it’s critical to get an ultrasound. This simple scan will give you the details you need to protect your health. 

At The Hope Clinic, we offer free-of-charge limited ultrasounds because you deserve to have the information you need to protect your health and make an informed decision. 

Contact us today to schedule your confidential appointment. You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.