The safety of online abortion and at-home abortion largely depends on a couple factors, including the provider or source of drugs and your health conditions.
Is an online or at-home abortion safe? It really depends. We will dive in further to explain.
Factor #1. The Source of the Drugs
Online abortion or at-home abortion are two names for medical abortion. Most commonly known as the abortion pill, these drugs are designed to terminate and then expel early pregnancies.
Because these pills can be easily packaged and mailed, and the laws of many states (including West Virginia) have become more restrictive after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, it’s provided an opportunity for illegal drug sales.
Taking unregulated drugs poses health risks, and the FDA strongly advises against ordering drugs through illegitimate pharmacies online. Without approval by the FDA, there’s no guarantee of safety, quality, and effectiveness.
Factor #2. Your Current Health Conditions
According to the Mayo Clinic, the abortion pill isn’t an option for women with certain health conditions.
These health conditions and circumstances that rule out the abortion pill as an option, include:
- Are too far along in pregnancy*
- Have an IUD currently in place
- Have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)*
- Have certain medical conditions including bleeding disorders or specific heart diseases
- Can’t make a follow-up appointment to the provider
- Lack access to emergency care
- Have an allergy to the medicine used
*Pregnancy gestation (how far along you are) and ectopic pregnancy can be identified through an ultrasound scan.
Your pregnancy and health status plays a role in the safety of the abortion pill. If you identify with one or more of the above conditions or circumstances, make sure you speak with a health professional about your health history and situation before proceeding.
You may have personal concerns and questions. To receive the positive healthcare you deserve, make an appointment with us today. Licensed healthcare professionals will assist you.