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Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe?

Did you know that at-home abortions have risks and complications? While online medical care provides convenience, it does not provide the personal and complete medical care that is best for your overall health. Having a comprehensive medical assessment with a limited ultrasound is the best way to care for you as you consider this decision. Learning the risks and complications associated with abortions from a trusted medical provider are essential for you to make the best decisions for your health.

What is an Online Abortion?

An online abortion or at-home abortion is also known as a medical abortion. This process is induced through a drug regimen. The two drugs used are mifepristone and misoprostol; this combination is known as the abortion pill.

Here’s how it works:

  • Mifepristone first acts to block progesterone. This hormone is essential to pregnancy; without it, the uterine walls begin to thin, and the embryo is detached.
  • Next, misoprostol is taken and induces labor-like contractions. These contractions will cause the embryo and pregnancy tissue to be expelled from the body through the vagina.

What Are The Risks?

Drugs do not always act the way they were intended. This can occur for multiple reasons. However, it’s always important to speak with a  professional before taking any medication, including the abortion pill (mifepristone and misoprostol).

Sometimes based on the pregnancy’s gestational age, where the pregnancy is located, or other reasons, the drug will not work as expected and can cause harm to your health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some risks are:

  • 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

Complications can occur because the pregnancy tissue and embryo aren’t expelled from the body properly. To protect your health and safety first:

  • Have a physical exam to understand your health and wellness.
  • Give a full report of medical history and state any current conditions (some women’s health does not qualify for this abortion method)
  • Take a medical-grade pregnancy test, have an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, and ensure it is not ectopic (which cannot be treated with a medical abortion).  
  • Speak with a trusted physician or pregnancy center to understand risks, complications, and all available options.

Now What?

We would like to encourage you to protect your health, become educated on all your options and have your questions and concerns answered. Reach out to us today for a confidential appointment at no cost to you. 

We also offer free pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasound, and options consultations so you can make an informed decision you’re comfortable with.

You matter; your health matters. Get the care you deserve and reach out today!

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