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Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe?

Is an Online Abortion or At-Home Abortion Safe?

An online or at-home abortion refers to buying the abortion drugs online and taking them at home.

However, the FDA advises against buying the abortion drugs online. These drugs come from outside the US supply chain, and their source, quality, and effectiveness can’t be guaranteed. 

While the FDA advises against seeking the abortion drugs online, even if you’re considering getting them from a clinic or pharmacy, it’s critical to learn all you can beforehand. Being as informed as possible will ensure you make the best decision for your situation.

How Do the Abortion Drugs Work?

The abortion drugs that you can find in a clinic or pharmacy are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under. These drugs are powerful and will cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. And some women have reported that the pain is unexpectedly severe. 

The first drug, mifepristone, terminates your pregnancy. It does this by causing your uterine lining to shed and your pregnancy to detach. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes uterine contractions that expel your pregnancy out through your vagina.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Drugs?

The abortion drugs come with risks. Risks are rare but potentially life-threatening and can include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

How Can I Protect My Health?

Before making any pregnancy decision—especially abortion—it’s vital to get an ultrasound. This simple scan will give you the information you need to stay safe. Most notably, an ultrasound will help determine your pregnancy’s gestational age (this is important when it comes to abortion, since taking the drugs when you’re further than 10 weeks gestation makes you more likely to experience a risk). 

At First Concern, we provide free ultrasound referrals and other services to give you what you need to stay safe and make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment. 

*The Marlborough location provides pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. The Clinton location provides other resources, support, and education.

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