Ordering the abortion pill online comes with risks to your physical health, and the FDA advises against it.

When you buy the abortion drugs online, bypassing a reputable pharmacy, the source, quality, and safety of these drugs can’t be verified. 

Read on to learn more about the essentials you need to know before seeking abortion drugs online. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy and the abortion pill, contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

How Does Ordering the Abortion Pill Jeopardize My Health?

When you order the abortion drugs online, you can’t be sure where they’re coming from. Oftentimes, they come from outside the U.S., which means that the drugs don’t need to adhere to the safety standards put in place by the FDA. 

You also can’t guarantee the dosing information or ensure that the drugs will be effective. This means you could unknowingly take too much and cause physical harm or take too little and have no effect. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill? 

The FDA-approved abortion drugs (ones you receive at a reputable pharmacy) come with risks to your physical health. These risks include: 

  • 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

While these risks can be rare, you’re more likely to experience one if the following situations apply to you:

  • Your pregnancy is further than 10 weeks gestation
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used

How to Protect My Health Before an Abortion?

If you’re considering taking the abortion pill, it’s critical to have the information you need to make a safe, informed decision. 

Before taking the abortion drugs, you need to know the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy to protect your health. 
An ultrasound is a simple scan that can help give you these key details. At Pregnancy Center West, we offer free ultrasounds because we care about your health. Before seeking an abortion, contact us to schedule your free, confidential ultrasound appointment.