Some women facing an unplanned pregnancy may consider abortion as one of their options. They might have heard of mail-order abortion, which may seem to be an easier and faster way to begin the procedure.
It is important that you have all of the facts about this option so that you can make an informed decision.
1.What is the Abortion Pill?
The abortion pill consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from continuing to be implanted in the uterine wall, while misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels both the embryo and the remaining pregnancy tissue.
2.Who Can Take the Abortion Pill
Currently, the abortion pill is approved by the FDA for pregnancies that are up to 10 weeks of gestation. This means that if you are further along than 10 weeks, this procedure will likely not be safe for you and may lead to complications. You would be eligible for a surgical abortion, which is a more complicated procedure and carries more risks.
Prior to taking the abortion pill, otherwise known as having a medical abortion, it is advised to receive an obstetric ultrasound to tell you important things about your pregnancy. Ultrasounds can date your pregnancy, determine whether it’s viable, and confirm the location of your pregnancy. This is the best way to ensure your health and safety.
3.What are the Risks of Medical Abortion?
Like many procedures, medical abortion does carry certain risks that you should be aware of. These risks include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Digestive issues
- Allergic reaction to the drugs used
- Incomplete abortion, which may necessitate a surgical abortion
If you choose to order the abortion drugs by mail, it is up to you to consider the complications that could occur and recognize the signs of something more serious occurring. Possible complications include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Fever lasting more than 24 hours
- Heavy bleeding
- Continuing pregnancy symptoms
I’m Pregnant. What Should I Do?
Unexpected pregnancies can be frightening but know that you aren’t alone. New Beginnings of Winchester is here to help. We offer no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and pregnancy options counseling to help you understand all of your choices.
Contact us today to make an appointment!