Are you pregnant and considering an at-home abortion? Before you take that leap, it is important to do your research. You don’t want to make a quick decision and then later regret not asking more questions.
Here are some things you may not have considered:
You May Not Qualify for the Abortion Pill
You will not be able to take the abortion pill if you are more than 10 weeks gestation. You will need to confirm how far along you are with an ultrasound before you take the pill, which we can do for you at no charge at our clinic.
You also can’t take the abortion pill if you use certain types of birth control, like an IUD.
If you have any history of allergic reactions to medication, you should consult your healthcare provider before taking any new drugs. Anaphylactic shock has been reported in some cases after the use of misoprostol in pregnant women.
It is always a good idea to be seen by a doctor before self-prescribing any medication. This is especially the case for something as strong as the abortion pill, which essentially will put your body into early labor to expel your pregnancy at home.
Buying the Abortion Pill Online May Not Be Safe
If you are looking at buying the abortion pill online, you should know that the FDA highly discourages it.
According to the FDA, “Mifeprex may only be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals by or under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider.”
The FDA also explains that pills ordered from other sources besides healthcare providers might not be what they claim to be and thus unsafe. Pills sourced from third parties may include incorrect or contaminated ingredients, may be expired, or altogether fake.
“Mifeprex has special safety restrictions…drugs purchased from foreign Internet sources are not the FDA-approved versions of the drugs, and they are not subject to FDA-regulated manufacturing controls or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities,” the FDA explains.
Why risk your health by taking something you can’t verify is safe?
You May Be Able to Change Your Mind
If you have already taken the abortion pill and have decided you don’t want to have an abortion, it might not be too late to change your mind.
Around 68 percent of women who have tried to reverse the abortion pill have been successful.
If you have taken the pill within the last 72 hours, you can call the Abortion Pill Reversal Network, and they will connect you to a local doctor who can give you progesterone to counteract the abortion pill.
Mifeprex (the first part of the abortion pill) terminates a pregnancy by blocking progesterone, which is a hormone that brings nutrients and oxygen to the womb. If you take an injection or progesterone pills, you may be able to send oxygen and nutrients back into the womb before the pregnancy is terminated.
Who Can I Talk To About This?
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and have more questions about your options, we are here for you. We can give you a no-cost pregnancy test and ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and gestational age. We can also provide information about abortion, adoption, and parenting.
Please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation. You are not alone!