Some women contemplating an online or at-home abortion may wonder if there are health effects associated with this procedure. In addition to complications that could arise, the Mayo Clinic does state these are risks related to this type of abortion:
- An incomplete abortion that necessitates a surgical abortion
- Ongoing pregnancy
- Abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
What Is An Online or At-Home Abortion?
Often simply referred to as the abortion pill, an at-home is a medication regimen that women may utilize to end a viable pregnancy; this is also known as a chemical or medical abortion. The two drugs used in this process are called mifepristone and misoprostol.
Mifepristone is taken first and acts by blocking an essential pregnancy hormone called progesterone. This medication causes the uterine walls, where the embryo is implanted, to shed, detaching the embryo. Next, misoprostol is taken and induces contractions that cause the body to push out the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.
What Should Women Considering Medical Abortion Do First?
Women should first speak with a pregnancy clinic or a trusted provider who can help answer any health concerns this procedure may cause.
The Mayo Clinic says, “Talk with your health care provider to get answers to your questions, help you weigh alternatives, and consider the impact the procedure may have on your future.”
A topic to discuss is if your health status disqualifies you from pursuing a medical abortion. Those who do not qualify are:
- Those too far along in pregnancy
- Those with an IUD
- Those who may have an ectopic pregnancy
- Those with certain medical conditions such as bleeding disorders, specific heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung diseases, or uncontrolled seizure disorders.
- Those who take blood-thinning medications
- Those who cannot make follow-ups or have access to emergency care
- Those who have allergies to medications utilized
Furthermore, there may be medication interactions between drugs currently used and abortion medications. It’s important for your safety to discuss possible drug interactions with a medical professional.
Discussing your health history and having a thorough physical with a provider is important to help protect your health and well-being.
Whom Can I Speak With About My Options?
We are here for you if you have questions regarding your options or any concerns you wish to discuss. We also offer no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound to better assist you as you weigh your options.
Please make a no-cost appointment with us today. We are a listening ear and a hand to hold as you navigate this journey; know you are never alone.