What Are the Risks of Ordering the Abortion Pill Online?

Ordering the abortion pill online without any medical supervision or ultrasound screenings presents greater risks to your health and safety.

Here are three additional risks to note before ordering the abortion pill online.

1. Missing Critical Health Details

If you order the abortion pill online after only a positive pregnancy test, you are missing some critical factors that could play a role in your health, such as:

  • How far along you are (gestational age) – The abortion pill is only FDA-approved through the first ten weeks of pregnancy, and period tracking apps aren’t always accurate.
  • Whether or not you miscarried – If you miscarry (roughly 10-20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage), it would not make sense to take abortion drugs.
  • If you have an ectopic pregnancyEctopic pregnancies (pregnancies growing outside of the uterus) are life-threatening and are not treated by abortion pills.
  • If you have pre-existing STDs – Taking abortion pills with untreated STDs can increase your chance of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

2.  Receiving Unregulated Drugs

The FDA advises against buying mifepristone (the first abortion drug) online, especially from overseas or unregulated pharmacies. This advisory is because they cannot guarantee the drugs’ quality, safety, or effectiveness outside their supply chain.

If you receive drugs from a shady online provider, you won’t have a way to verify you received the correct drugs in the proper doses. Taking these unregulated drugs can endanger your health.

3. Lacking Medical Supervision

The Mayo Clinic says the abortion pill is not an option for women who cannot follow up with the abortion provider or have access to emergency care.

Not having medical supervision can be extremely risky if a complication, such as an incomplete abortion or heavy bleeding, occurs.

Protect Your Health and Safety

If you’re considering the abortion pill, schedule an appointment at CareNet Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque.

We offer no-cost pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, and STI testing to verify your pregnancy, gather critical details, and protect your reproductive health.

We’re here to help you during your unexpected pregnancy. Visit one of our locations today!