To understand if the Abortion Pill (used in at-home abortions) is safe, several factors must be discussed with a trusted medical provider or pregnancy center. It is important to discuss the following:
- Your health history and your current medications
- Findings of a recent and complete physical
- Risks and complications of the Abortion Pill
- Length and stage of pregnancy
Why Is a Health History Important?
Giving a complete and extensive health history to a provider is essential in safeguarding your health and wellness.
Understanding what previous or ongoing conditions are present helps a physician to assist you in weighing risks associated with the safety of an online, at-home abortion procedure.
For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, there are over 20 medications that can interact with the Abortion Pill, and another 192 that are not recommended to be used in combination with the abortion pill. Among some of these are:
Why Is Receiving a Recent Physical Important?
In reviewing your physical results, your physician can determine if you have any conditions that may affect the use of the abortion pill. The Mayo Clinic warns of over 20 health conditions that should be discussed with a physician before using the Abortion Pill. Some of these include:
- Bleeding conditions
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- An undiagnosed abdominal mass
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heart rhythm problems
- High blood pressure
- Low potassium levels
What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?
To understand all the risks and side effects of the Abortion Pill, it’s necessary to speak with a medical provider. Here are some of the risks and complications that you should discuss with your doctor:
- Incomplete abortion, which may necessitate a surgical abortion
- Possibility of an ongoing pregnancy
- Prolonged bleeding
- Infection and fever
- Digestive system discomfort
- Abnormally heavy bleeding
- Acute abdominal or back pain
- Fever lasting longer than 24 hours
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Why Do I Need To Know the Stage of Pregnancy Before Using the Abortion Pill?
The Abortion Pill is only recommended to individuals who have been pregnant for 9 weeks or less. It should not be used to treat an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus).
Receiving a pregnancy test and ultrasound can confirm the stage and location of the pregnancy. These tools will help protect your health and safety.
Who Can I Speak With?
If you would like to discuss your options and receive medical services to understand more about your pregnancy, we’re here to help. We offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasound, if needed, during a free, confidential appointment.
Contact us today to get the support and resources you need. This is your life, and we’re here to provide the information you need in your pregnancy journey.