Information is key when it comes to making a choice for your pregnancy. Waterleaf Women’s Center is passionate about providing women the information they need to make a safe and empowered choice for themselves and their futures.
If you’re considering ordering the abortion pill online, here are a few key facts to consider.
Medication should only be purchased through the approved channels
We get it — accessing abortion through a clinic can be costly, stressful, and for some, even embarrassing. These hurdles lead many women to seek an abortion through more accessible channels, like the internet. However, it’s important to remember the abortion pill is a serious medical procedure and comes with greater risks if purchased outside of approved providers.
These rules and regulations are for the safety of consumers and protect women from fake pharmaceutical sites selling unapproved forms of the abortion pill online.
These untested medications are not safe for consumption and can lead to additional side effects and health risks.
Pre-abortion screening is essential to your health and safety
Finding out you are pregnant can be overwhelming, and it might be tempting to just head straight for the abortion clinic. However, it’s vital to undergo the necessary pre-abortion screenings, which include the following:
- Lab-quality pregnancy testing to ensure that you are still pregnant. (insert period)
- An ultrasound is essential to confirm your pregnancy and gather important facts about any health conditions you may have. An ultrasound will also determine the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy. All of these factors will inform your abortion options.
- STD/STI testing and treatment are essential before your procedure because sexually- transmitted diseases/infections can lead to abortion complications.
You may be too far along for a medical abortion
Medical abortions are only effective in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Unless you’ve received an ultrasound scan to confirm the gestational age of your pregnancy, the abortion pill may be unsafe and ineffective in your situation.
Know the side effects and risks
It is common to experience the following side effects when taking the abortion pill:
- Heavy bleeding and passing large blood clots
- Pain in the abdomen
In addition to these uncomfortable side effects, women may also experience severe health risks, such as infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging. These risks require emergency medical attention and can be fatal if left unaddressed.
Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? You have options!
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure what option is best for you, know that it’s okay to take your time to make this important choice. We know it can feel overwhelming to gather information on abortion, adoption, and parenting as well as the many resources available to you.
Waterleaf Women’s Center is here to help you by providing no-cost healthcare services including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing and treatment, and options counseling.
Schedule an appointment with us today!