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July 29, 2022

3 Things To Know if You Are Considering Mail-Order Abortion


  • What exactly is the abortion pill?
  • Is it right for you?
  • What are your risks?

There are several things you should take into consideration when contemplating if mail-order abortion is right for you. Understanding how this medication regimen impacts your health is essential to preserving your wellbeing.

What Is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is also known as a medical abortion and ordering it online is sometimes referred to as “Plan C.” No matter the name, the goal of this medication regimen is the same: to end a pregnancy. The abortion pill is actually a combination of two medications: Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone works by obstructing progesterone (an essential hormone in pregnancy). Misoprostol then causes contractions to occur, pushing the pregnancy tissue out.

1. You May Be Ineligible 

A mail-order abortion isn’t suitable for everyone. In some cases, women are not always eligible to have this procedure. The  Mayo Clinic and  Cleveland Clinic warn against specific conditions or circumstances under which women should not seek a mail-order abortion. Individuals with the following conditions are not recommended to undergo this procedure:

  • Have a pregnancy that is about 9 weeks in length
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Have anemia or blood clotting disorders
  • Take blood-thinning medications
  • Have certain diseases or conditions related to the heart, kidney, liver, lung, or blood vessels
  • Have a chronic adrenal failure
  • Are long-term users of corticosteroids
  • Have an IUD in place
  • Have allergies to medications used
  • Have no emergency care access
  • Cannot return for a follow-up appointment

Meeting with a trusted and responsible provider or pregnancy care center can help you understand if this is a healthy option for you.

2. There Are Risks

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are risks associated with this process that should be discussed with a healthcare provider before committing to a mail-order abortion.

  • An incomplete abortion that may result in additional surgical interventions
  • Continued pregnancy
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

Due to these risks, the Mayo Clinic also states, “You must be certain about your decision before beginning a medical abortion.” Understanding these risks and how they could impact your health and safety is crucial when deciding. Many women find it helpful to discuss their concerns with a supportive physician or pregnancy center. 

3. You Have Resources

Sometimes the unexpected happens in life; we’re here to help. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and need support, our caring staff is here to listen and walk this journey alongside you. 

Allow us to connect you to the resources and assistance you deserve. You are not alone, and your story is important.  Contact us today and allow us to serve you.