Getting a medication abortion prescribed online can seem convenient and private, but there are some disadvantages worth considering, such as skipping vital health screenings.

Read the rest of this article to learn about the medication abortion process, if you’re eligible, and what steps to take to protect your health.

Ordering Online Skips Important Health Screenings

A medication abortion, also called an abortion pill, can be used to terminate a pregnancy that is no more than 10 weeks (70 days) gestation. 

If you choose to get the abortion medication after a telehealth appointment, know that you do so without an ultrasound. This important scan confirms the age of the pregnancy (over or under 10 weeks) and can verify the viability of the pregnancy. Up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a spontaneous miscarriage by no action or choice of the woman.

An ultrasound scan is important to rule out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy (located outside of the uterus). This is dangerous and can be life-threatening to the woman.

You May Not Qualify for the Abortion Pill

A medication abortion will not abort a pregnancy if you have an ectopic pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these conditions may disqualify you from using the abortion pill:

  • Your pregnancy is too far along
  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, certain heart or blood vessel diseases, uncontrolled seizures, etc.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor

The Abortion Pill Comes with Risks

The Mayo Clinic lists the following possible risks of medical abortion:

  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

It also comes with the possibility of an incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical intervention. 

Next Steps

The first step is scheduling an ultrasound to gain the clarity you need to make an informed decision. To confirm the date of your pregnancy, determine your eligibility for a medication abortion, and confirm the viability of the pregnancy, schedule a no-cost ultrasound at our clinic. We are here to provide a safe, confidential environment for you to ask questions and learn about local resources. Contact us today!