Abortion comes with numerous physical and psychological risks that all women should be aware of. If you have an unexpected pregnancy, you owe it to yourself to understand any risks and side effects. 

Some women turn to online abortions to terminate their pregnancies. But this is an unsafe method and poses certain dangers you should not ignore. We’ll explain why below.

What is an Online Abortion?

An online abortion refers to the process by which women obtain abortion drugs online, usually after a telehealth appointment. These drugs can come from the United States or overseas pharmacies and are typically delivered to your address.

Mifepristone, the first drug, blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions to expel the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. If you take these drugs, expect abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. 

Without proper medical care, you could experience serious consequences. An in-person physical and obstetric ultrasound before an abortion reveals essential information like the gestational age of your pregnancy, viability (is it developing), and its location. 

Conditions like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage could go undiscovered without an ultrasound. An ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening and always requires medical treatment, while a miscarriage may necessitate additional care. 

Are You Eligible?

Not everyone can have a medical abortion. For example, the FDA has only approved mifepristone through ten weeks of gestation. Taking abortion drugs after this stage can cause severe bleeding, cramping, or other issues. And they may not work.

As your abortion drugs could come from other countries, there’s no way of knowing whether you’re receiving the proper dosage or medication. Women with risk factors like having an IUD, severe bleeding disorder, or uncontrolled seizures are ineligible for a medical abortion. 

Safeguard your health by receiving accurate information before any pregnancy decision. 

Before an Abortion

Confirming key pregnancy details with an obstetric ultrasound is vital. You’ll learn valuable information that could point you toward further medical care or narrow your pregnancy options. 

Following an ultrasound, you can explore your other pregnancy options: making an adoption plan and parenting. Each has pros and cons you’ll want to consider carefully. EPIC Center provides these services at no cost to you. 

Learn More Today

EPIC Center provides no-cost, confidential pregnancy services in a safe, compassionate environment. We offer the education and resources you need to make an informed decision.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our medical professionals are ready to help you.