Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe? Your Options in Cook and Kane County?

Taking charge of your body and reproductive health means researching to make a confident decision.

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and are researching options for ordering the abortion pill online, you’ve come to the right place!

Read this article to learn about our recommended health screenings before scheduling any kind of abortion, and to better understand the types of risks and symptoms that can come with a medical abortion.

Ordering Online Skips Important Health Screenings

Ordering a medication abortion prescription online after a telehealth appointment means that you can have an abortion without ever being physically seen by a doctor. One of the most significant downsides of ordering an abortion pill online is that you skip routine health screenings such as an ultrasound

This important scan gives you details such as the pregnancy’s gestational age, location, and status. 

Age is important because this can determine your eligibility for the abortion pill since the medication abortion is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks of gestational age.

The location of a pregnancy can determine whether or not it is ectopic. If an ultrasound reveals the pregnancy is outside the uterus, this should be treated immediately since this can rupture the fallopian tube and cause internal bleeding. 

As many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Knowing the viability of the pregnancy will let you know all of your health options. 

It’s also important to realize that miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies require a procedure other than an elective abortion.

You May Not Qualify for the Abortion Pill

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several situations where you may be ineligible for an abortion pill. These include if you: 

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the medication used

The Abortion Pill Comes with Risks

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Next Steps

Through compassionate support and evidence-based education, The Life Choices Medical team provides practical support to empower you.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at no charge!

Every interruption is actually an opportunity for something beautiful to grow.