What Do I Need to Know About Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

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Ordering the abortion pill online bypasses important health screenings and puts you at risk for receiving harmful or ineffective medications, taking the wrong type of medication for your situation, or having complications such as an incomplete abortion.

Ordering online can be convenient, cost-effective, and private (trust us, we love online shopping, especially these days!). But in the case of the abortion pill, it’s important to put your health first. 

What Is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill, RU-486, otherwise known as Mifeprex (or Mifepristone) is typically used in a two-step combination with another medication, Misoprostol, in early pregnancy to induce an abortion. 

The abortion pill is only intended to be taken within a certain timeframe of pregnancy. The abortion pill should not be used if it has been more than 70 days (10 weeks) since your last period. Which is one reason why a pre-abortion ultrasound is important: determining your number of weeks. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The Mayo Clinic notes the following potential risks of medical abortion: 

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

What Additional Risks Come With Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

The FDA cautions consumers against ordering medication online, as it exposes you to significant health and safety risks. 

Risks of Substandard Abortion Pill Medication

Some online pharmacies dispense counterfeit, contaminated, or otherwise unsafe medications. Even if the pills look legitimate, they could contain improper dosing or ingredients and be harmful to your health.

According to the FDA, not all women should take the abortion pill. As with any medication, certain health conditions can cause interference and safety issues. 

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the wrong location), you aren’t a candidate for the abortion pill. If that’s the case, you need a different type of procedure. The way to know for sure is with a pre-abortion ultrasound. 

Managing Your Abortion Pill Risks

For your safety, don’t just guess about how far along you are or take the risk of not knowing the location of your pregnancy. Meet with a medical professional for an ultrasound to get accurate details about your situation.

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We care about your whole health, especially during the pandemic. While there isn’t technology to do an ultrasound online, our center is following best practices and protocols to keep you safe at your private, no-cost appointment. 

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