Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe?

Any medical procedure involving drugs purchased online can carry certain risks, especially if the origin of those drugs is unknown. With an online or at-home abortion, these risks should be considered.

Before making a decision, receive medical-grade pregnancy testing and a limited ultrasound at New Beginnings of Winchester. These free services will help you move forward by providing valuable information and keeping you safe.

Online Abortion: What Should I Know?

An online abortion refers to medical abortion drugs purchased on the web and received in the mail. It’s imperative to consider how this method could affect your health.

With medical abortion, a provider prescribes mifepristone and misoprostol to end a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy and related tissue from the body.

If you purchase abortion drugs online, you may have a single telehealth appointment. And since you’re taking the drugs at home, there won’t be medical oversight.

Understanding the risks of this method is crucial. Your well-being should always be the priority when making a pregnancy decision.

Things to Consider

The FDA has approved mifepristone through 10 weeks gestation, so you don’t want to take this drug without knowing your gestational age.

What’s more, the FDA notes that they can’t ensure the quality or safety of abortion drugs purchased online. Choosing this method bypasses safety standards, especially since these drugs may come from foreign or unregulated sources.

You won’t know vital information about your pregnancy, or the risks and side effects of abortion drugs, if you have an at-home abortion. And you may not know if you’re experiencing a complication.

Before making a pregnancy decision, you should have an obstetric ultrasound. An ultrasound provides the following details:

  • Viability: Is your pregnancy progressing normally? Up to 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, which may require monitoring or treatment.
  • Gestational age: How far along are you? If your pregnancy is past 10 weeks gestation, you should not take abortion drugs.
  • Location: Is your pregnancy located in the uterus? If you have an ectopic pregnancy, you’ll need immediate medical treatment.

In addition to an ultrasound, you should receive a physical exam and discuss your health history with a medical provider, and learn about the side effects and risks of abortion.

You can also determine your eligibility for abortion drugs and review all your pregnancy options, including parenting and adoption. You deserve the facts before deciding.

We Want to Keep You Safe

New Beginnings of Winchester can confirm key pregnancy details and discuss the side effects and risks of abortion. You’ll get your questions answered and protect your health in the process.

We don’t provide or refer for abortions, but you’ll receive trustworthy information about all options.

Make an appointment today to get started.