What Are The Risks of Ordering The Abortion Pill Online?

Deciding if the abortion pill is right for you is a difficult decision. The thoughts and opinions of others may lead you to make a decision you wouldn’t otherwise make. While ordering the abortion pill online may seem easier than going to a doctor’s office, it’s important to take time to explore the potential risks of ordering the abortion pill online.

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4 Reasons why You Should Never Order the Abortion pill online:

You may skip necessary pre-abortion screenings

The abortion pill comes with various risks and side effects, and it’s important to undergo the proper pre-abortion screenings in order to avoid health complications such as sepsis and infection.

It’s recommended that you schedule the following pre-abortion screenings before undergoing a medical abortion through the abortion pill:

Lab-quality pregnancy testing

Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, we recommend receiving lab-quality pregnancy testing at your local pregnancy clinic. Our medical-grade testing will ensure you are still developing detectable levels of pregnancy hormones and our nurses will help you understand your options moving forward.

An ultrasound scan

While pregnancy testing is the first step in confirming a pregnancy, you’ll also want to receive an ultrasound scan to confirm you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy. An ultrasound also helps determine the age of your pregnancy — which will give you information on your abortion options — and identify any major health concerns, such as ectopic pregnancy or other potentially fatal condition.

STD testing

If you are sexually active, STD/STI testing should be part of your routine healthcare. If you’re considering abortion, it’s especially important to ensure you are not infected. Having an STD at the time of your abortion can lead to the infection spreading to other parts of your body and other health conditions, such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).1

The abortion pill may not be safe for you at this point in your pregnancy

According to the FDA, the abortion pill is only to be administered to patients in the first 70 days of pregnancy. Taking the abortion pill too late in your pregnancy could result in an incomplete abortion and complications and infection due to retained fetal tissue.

In order to determine if you are eligible for the abortion pill, schedule a free ultrasound scan at Options Medical Clinic today!

The medication you receive may not be approved by the FDA for consumption

Even when accessed through the proper channels, the abortion pill can lead to serious health side effects and risks. Unfortunately, there are also websites advertising medication online that are not approved for consumption by the FDA, including the abortion pill.

Taking any medication that is not approved for consumption may lead to long-term health consequences.

You may not have access to the emergency care you need

The abortion pill can lead to long-term health risks, such as infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging. These conditions can be extremely dangerous, if not fatal, if left untreated. If you do not have access to emergency care in the case of complications, the FDA recommends not taking the abortion pill.

Are you considering the abortion pill but unsure if it’s right for you? Options Medical Clinic is here to help you explore your pregnancy options and provide free, quality healthcare services such as lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, options counseling, and more.

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1. Westergaard L, Phillipsen T, Scheibel J (1982). “Significance of cervical Chlamydia trachomatis infection in postabortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 68(5): 668-90;

Ovigstad E, et al. (1983). “Pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection after therapeutic abortion.” Br J Vener Dis, 59: 189-92;

Heisterberg L, et al. (1987). “The role of vaginal secretory immunoglobulin a, gardnerella vaginalis, anaerobes, and Chlamydia trachomatis in post abortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 66(2): 99-102