Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and looking for options? If so, you have likely discovered the widespread availability of abortion pills online. While ordering abortion pills online and completing an abortion at home may seem like the easiest solution to your problem, there are 5 things you should know before taking the abortion pill.
1. Do I have a viable pregnancy?
This may sound like a silly question after you’ve had a positive pregnancy test. But a positive pregnancy test doesn’t mean you have a viable pregnancy. It is possible to have a positive test even if the pregnancy has already ended naturally through miscarriage (which is almost 1 in 4) or if you have an ectopic pregnancy.
2. Do I know if I am eligible to take the abortion pill?
Not everyone who is pregnant is eligible to take the abortion pill. The FDA warns that you should not take the abortion pill if…
- You have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus)
- Have problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
- Are currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy (medications)
- Have had an allergic reaction to mifepristone, misoprostol or similar drugs
- Have bleeding problems or are taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) drug products
- Have inherited porphyria (liver disorder)
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking Mifeprex)
3. Do I know and trust the source that is selling me the pill?
When you order abortion pills from an online abortion provider or third-party online supplier, there’s the chance you might be receiving pills that originated outside the United States and have not been tested or approved by the FDA.
This could impact the effectiveness of the pills and have detrimental effects on your health. The FDA warns on their website that they do not recommend buying mifepristone (the first abortion pill) online as this is “bypassing important safeguards specifically designed to protect your health.”
4. Do I know my blood type?
Many women don’t know their blood type or whether they have the Rh factor. Knowing your blood type is an important step to take before having an abortion. Women who are Rh-negative can be sensitized against Rh-positive blood during the delivery, miscarriage, or abortion of an Rh-positive baby/fetus, impacting and endangering future pregnancies.
5. Do I know how to reverse my abortion if I change my mind?
Even if you’re set on having an abortion, it’s possible you may have second thoughts later, even after taking the first pill. In this case, abortion pill reversal may be an option. You can learn more about abortion pill reversal by clicking here and visit abortionpillreversal.org any time for more information.
Protecting your health after taking the abortion pill.
An important note: if you have already started a medical abortion and taken the abortion pill and are experiencing…
- Heavy bleeding
- Passing large blood clots
- Suffering from severe pain
- Experiencing a fluctuating temperature
- Bleeding two weeks after an abortion
…You need to seek medical care. It’s important to be completely honest with your healthcare practitioner or hospital/ER staff regarding the medication you’ve taken so they can offer the proper treatment/care plan. Abortion is legal in Washington State, and you do not need to worry about legal repercussions for taking the abortion pill for early pregnancy termination.
Schedule a pregnancy consultation and ultrasound today.
If you’d like to learn more about the abortion pill and confirm the viability of your pregnancy, you can schedule a no-cost pregnancy consultation and ultrasound at any of our clinics today by clicking here.
Care Net of Puget Sound has 8 clinics located throughout King and Pierce counties staffed with medical professionals who can help you confirm you have a viable pregnancy and feel confident in your decision. We do not provide or refer for abortion or profit off your decision. All of our locations are HIPAA compliant, and we are committed to confidentiality and protecting your client information.