Is an Online or At-Home Abortion Safe?
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Is an Online or At-Home Abortion Safe?

If you are pregnant and not sure what to do about it, you may be considering an abortion. 

While an online or “at-home” abortion may seem like an easy and convenient option, any type of abortion is a serious medical procedure. There are several facts and risks you need to be aware of for the sake of your health.

What is an Online Abortion?

The term online abortion refers to purchasing the drugs used in a medical abortion from a website and having them shipped directly to your home. 

Although this sounds simple, attempting any medical procedure without the supervision of trained medical staff can be very dangerous to your health, especially in the case of medical abortion.

For example, medical abortion is only safe in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. If you attempt a medical abortion beyond this time frame, there are serious complications and health risks that can result, affecting your health and safety.

There are also other situations and conditions that can cause complications in a medical abortion, including:

  • If you have an IUD.
  • If you may have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • If you have certain medical conditions such as bleeding disorders, specific heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung diseases, or uncontrolled seizure disorders.
  • If you take blood-thinning medications.
  • If you cannot make follow-ups or have access to emergency care.
  • If you have allergies to the medications utilized.

This is why getting details about your pregnancy and speaking with medical professionals is very important before proceeding with a medical abortion.

How Does a Medical Abortion Work?

A medical abortion is a series of drugs used to terminate a viable pregnancy. The first drug, called mifepristone, causes the embryo to detach from your uterus and stop growing. 

After this occurs, misoprostol is taken as the follow-up drug. This drug makes your uterus contract and expels the embryo from your body, ending the pregnancy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are risks to medical abortion, such as:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
  • An incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical abortion

Getting the Answers You Need

For the sake of your health and future, it’s important you get all the details you can about your pregnancy before making a decision.

The trained staff at Hope Clinic for Women are here to help with a free and confidential pregnancy screening appointment. 

Starting with a medical-grade pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy to a follow-up ultrasound scan to determine the age and location of your pregnancy, we can give you the facts you need.

This information will help you know what options are available to you and empower you to make the best decision for your body.

Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.

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