If you are searching for facts about the safety of online/at-home abortion, chances are you have your doubts. Many women do, and for good reason.
There are many concerns about the safety of online/at-home abortion like the authenticity of the ingredients and lack of medical supervision. Keep reading to learn more so you can make a confident decision.
What is Online Abortion Vs. At-Home Abortion?
First, to clear up any confusion, online abortion and at-home abortion are the same thing, just called by a different name. Online/at-home abortion is a lot like it sounds, the abortion pill (medical abortion) is ordered online and taken at home. This type of abortion is only recommended for women up to 70 days gestation.
However, in the state of Indiana, for a medical abortion the prescribing clinician has to be in the physical presence of the patient. This removes telehealth as an option for abortion, as women must attend an in-person appointment to receive an abortion drug prescription.
How Does Online/At-Home Abortion Work?
The FDA has permanently lifted all restrictions on receiving the two drugs needed for the abortion pill method by mail. Women can get both drugs through a telemedicine appointment rather than in person if their state’s laws allow it.
Regardless of how you receive the abortion pill, it consists of the same two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.
First, mifepristone is taken, which blocks the womb from absorbing the progesterone pregnancy hormone and causes the lining of the uterus to thin. This prevents the embryo from implanting or growing. Next, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.
Common risks of medical abortion include infection, incomplete abortion, heavy, prolonged bleeding, and more.
Is this Type of Abortion Safe?
There are serious risks to consider before making your pregnancy decision. Much debate and hesitation have been made around the topic of online abortion, as it bypasses many safeguards created to protect women, such as a preliminary ultrasound. Illegal websites do exist, but these are extremely unsafe to use. You should always check and follow your state’s laws.
The Risks of Ordering Online
Some risks to ordering the abortion pill online include:
- Possible incomplete abortion (some online abortion pill providers do not follow FDA guidelines)
- Unverified ingredients or inaccurately listed risks/side effects
- The ability to skip pre-abortion screenings (could lead to severe health risks)
- Little medical supervision – (chance for health complications if drugs are taken incorrectly)
Learn If You Qualify
Before making up your mind about online/at-home abortion, you will want to confirm your pregnancy and see if you even qualify.
Confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound at The Hope Clinic, free of charge today.
An ultrasound will go one step further, telling you how far along you are, determining viability, and the location of your pregnancy. It can also alert you to any health complications. Get the answers you need today.