What Are the Risks of Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

The abortion pill procedure uses two drugs to end a pregnancy, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highly regulates the distribution of the first drug. As a result, there are risks when ordering drugs online.

If you have miscalculated how long you’ve been pregnant, the pills might not work. Some women have ectopic pregnancies or have already had a natural miscarriage. The abortion pill won’t take care of those situations either. Finally, you need to be confident you’re getting the correct drugs and dosage when ordering them online.

Knowing How Long You’ve Been Pregnant

The abortion pill method is a medical abortion. It’s essential to know how many weeks you’ve been pregnant for the abortion pill to work. 

The FDA has approved the use of the abortion pill only when your pregnancy is 70 days or less (10 weeks and 0 days) from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. 

The Mayo Clinic lists an incomplete abortion as the number one risk of medical abortion. Research shows that the closer you get to 10 weeks and beyond, the more chance you will have of incomplete abortion. 

If you are unsure about the exact date you got pregnant, ordering the abortion pill online can be dangerous. An ultrasound is the best way to get an accurate date of when your pregnancy began.

A Miscarriage or Ectopic Pregnancy

The Mayo Clinic states up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. They also say the percentage may be higher because many women miscarry before realizing they’re pregnant. 

If you have miscarried, there is no need to order the abortion pill. Your body should expel the pregnancy and tissue on its own. 

A pregnancy located outside the uterus is known as an ectopic pregnancy. It is extremely dangerous to your health. You cannot use the abortion pill to end an ectopic pregnancy. 

How do you know if you’ve either miscarried or had an ectopic pregnancy? An ultrasound reveals the location of your pregnancy or if you have miscarried.

The Safety Of Online Abortion Pills

The FDA encourages you not to purchase abortion pills online. They state, “you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.” The reason the drugs are regulated is to 

assure the quality and dosage of the drugs are correct.

Because of the pandemic, there are not as many restrictions on ordering abortion pills online. However, you need an ultrasound to determine how far along your pregnancy is, the possibility of a miscarriage, and the location of your pregnancy.

How We Can Assist You

Start with no-cost, laboratory-quality pregnancy testing at Life Choices Center. If your test is positive, your next step is to have an ultrasound. Our staff will provide a referral for you to receive a no-cost, on-site ultrasound with a physician.
You will get all the information you need before ordering the abortion pill online. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You deserve to have as much information as possible to make the best decision for your safety and health.

Life Choices Center is not a medical facility and does not perform or refer for abortions.