The option of obtaining the abortion pill by mail has recently gained attention, offering convenience and privacy. However, it’s crucial to recognize that acquiring the abortion pill by mail has certain risks you should not overlook. While the concept might seem appealing, there are compelling reasons why women should prioritize their safety and well-being by not obtaining the abortion pill in this way.

Before the Abortion Pill

Reputable sources like the Cleaveland Clinic recommend that a woman take the following steps before obtaining the abortion pill:

  • A physical exam and confirmation of pregnancy
  • Ultrasound to view the pregnancy in the uterus
  • Determining the length of pregnancy and that it’s not an ectopic pregnancy
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Explanation of the procedure, risks, and side effects

 A woman bypasses these steps when she receives the abortion pill by mail. Still, they are essential in determining if the abortion pill is a safe option based on the following factors that cause a woman to be ineligible for the abortion pill:

  • The pregnancy is farther along than the recommended 10 weeks
  • Have a pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy)
  • Have a blood clotting disorder or significant anemia
  • Have chronic adrenal failure
  • Use long-term corticosteroids
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Have an allergy to the medications used

After the Abortion Pill

Following the abortion pill, women must have access to emergency care if complications arise. Like other medical procedures, the abortion pill carries risks including:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

 Signs and symptoms that a woman should seek emergency care following an abortion include:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

 Follow-up care is also essential after using the abortion pill to determine that the procedure is complete. Emergency and follow-up care are lacking in mail-order abortions despite being crucial to a woman’s safety.

Let’s Talk

While obtaining the abortion pill by mail might seem convenient, your safety should always be the top priority. Through options counseling and essential medical care, the Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon can help you prioritize your health as you navigate your options. Reach out to take advantage of our free services.