Is it Safe to Order Abortion Pills Online?

Since Texas and other states have banned abortion, some women are considering ordering abortion pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) online from websites that exist outside the legitimate U.S. drug supply chain. While self-managed abortion with pills purchased online may provide accessibility and convenience, it is essential to consider significant health risks and precautions.

1. Online pills lack FDA regulatory oversight and bypass important safeguards.

The FDA recommends that Mifepristone “be dispensed to you by your health care provider (or someone under the supervision of your health care provider), or by a pharmacy to which your health care provider has submitted your prescription.” The FDA cautions against buying medications from online sources because it “cannot ensure the safety, effectiveness, or quality of those medications.”

In other words, without regulatory oversight, there is no guarantee that pills ordered online are legitimate and safe.

2. Not all women are candidates for the abortion pill.

Women with certain medical conditions and pregnancy circumstances should not take abortion pills. Self-managed abortion outside the healthcare system skips vital steps to ensure that you are a candidate for the abortion pill.

Before proceeding with medication or chemical abortion, it is important to have your pregnancy evaluated with a sonogram to:

  • Confirm gestation age – the abortion pill is FDA-approved up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. An ultrasound is the only way to confirm how far along you are.
  • Screen for dangerous health risks – An ultrasound will also reveal any pregnancy complications you may be unaware of, such as an ectopic pregnancy or blighted ovum.
  • Assess for viability – Studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Before considering a medication abortion, you should have your pregnancy assessed for viability with an ultrasound.

3. Know what to expect and when to seek medical care.

Going it alone leaves you without medical guidance on what to expect with the abortion pill, what is normal, and when to seek emergency medical care. In the medical world, informed consent means the patient understands the risks, possible side effects, and expected outcomes. Our medical team can provide you with this information in a free consultation so that you can make an informed decision.

Despite the benefit of anonymity and convenience in today’s digital age, it’s critical to prioritize your health and well-being. Abortion pills by mail may seem like a straightforward solution, but they come with inherent risks. We strongly advocate for in-person medical consultations and ultrasounds before making any decisions. These steps ensure your safety and equip you with essential knowledge and support should an emergency arise.

Your health and safety remain our top priorities. We encourage you to schedule a cost-free ultrasound scan to explore your options, understand the procedures, and receive compassionate guidance from our dedicated team.

Your journey is important to us; everything we do is centered on you!

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