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What Are the Risks of Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

June 29, 2023

What Are the Risks of Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

You’ve just learned you’re pregnant, and your mind is full of questions. What are my pregnancy options? Which one is best for me? If you’ve decided on abortion, you may consider ordering the abortion pill online. 

There are risks associated with ordering any medication online, and the abortion pill is no exception. In addition to the general health risks you should be aware of, there are other things you should be mindful of. Since there is often no medical oversight when purchasing these drugs online, you may receive the wrong dosage or type of medication. 

Who Shouldn’t Take the Abortion Pill?

While every woman who takes the abortion pill is at risk of developing side effects (some of them serious), certain groups don’t qualify to take the medications safely. These include the following:

  • Are too far along in the pregnancy
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Use long-term corticosteroids
  • Cannot access follow-up or emergency care
  • Have an IUD in place
  • Have an allergy to any of the medications used
  • Have chronic adrenal failure
  • Have anemia or a blood clotting disorder

If you have any of the above conditions, you do not qualify for the abortion pill, as you may be at risk of developing complications. 

You must seek medical advice before any procedure, including when taking abortion medications. Not seeking care from your healthcare provider before obtaining the drugs makes ordering the abortion pill online dangerous. 

What Should I Do Before Making This Decision?

Before having any abortion, you should always ensure that you are in good health and have seen a licensed medical provider. Give the provider your complete health history and mention anything you may be allergic to.

It is always a good idea to have an obstetric ultrasound before having an abortion, as this protects your health and safety. An ultrasound confirms essential details, such as the location, gestational age, and viability of your pregnancy, all of which may affect your ability to have an abortion. 

What Kind of Help Can I Receive From Woman’s New Life Clinic?

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and unsure what to do next, Woman’s New Life Clinic is here for you! We offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and professional counseling so that you can discuss your options in a safe, supportive environment. Services are provided in English or Spanish.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You are not alone!