Ordering the abortion pill by mail might seem like a convenient option. However, this decision can put your health at risk. 

The abortion drugs you can get by mail are outside the US supply chain, meaning these drugs are not FDA-approved. In fact, the FDA advises against ordering abortion drugs by mail because their safety, effectiveness, and quality can’t be guaranteed. 

Before seeking abortion drugs, read on to learn more about how you can protect your health. Or, if you want to talk to someone about the abortion pill and your other pregnancy options, contact Pregnancy Help Center to schedule a no-cost, private appointment. 

Learn All You Can About How the Abortion Pill Might Affect You

The abortion drugs are powerful. And whether you seek these drugs by mail or through a reputable pharmacy, you will take them at home—which means you will experience any side effects or risks at home, too. 

The abortion drugs work together to terminate your pregnancy and expel it from the uterus through your vagina. This will inevitably cause you to experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. 

However, sometimes you might also experience a physical risk, which can include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

When you order abortion drugs online, you can’t guarantee that the dosing information is correct or that the ingredients are labeled correctly, which means that you may be more likely to experience one of these risks. 

Learn Key Details About Your Pregnancy

Before seeking abortion drugs, it’s critical to get an ultrasound. This scan can help reveal key information you need to know, including:

  • Pregnancy gestational age: The abortion drugs you can purchase from a reputable pharmacy are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is ten weeks gestation or younger. And if your pregnancy is beyond this timeframe when you take the abortion drugs, you’re more likely to experience a risk.
  • Pregnancy location: Abortion drugs aren’t an option if you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, which is when your pregnancy develops outside the uterus. If you’re facing an ectopic pregnancy, you will need emergency medical intervention.
  • Pregnancy viability: Abortion drugs aren’t an option if you’re experiencing a miscarriage, which can happen in roughly 26% of pregnancies. If you’ve had a miscarriage, you will need medical follow-up care to ensure you don’t have complications. 

You’re Not Alone 

Thinking through your pregnancy options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Pregnancy Help Center, we’re here for you. 

We offer no-cost pregnancy resources, services, and information to help you feel supported and empowered to make a confident decision moving forward. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, private appointment.