Ordering an at-home abortion online is appealing because of its privacy and convenience; however, there are important health conditions you should be aware of that can disqualify you. It’s also important to be aware of the skipped health screenings when you choose this option.

The abortion pill can be used up to 10 weeks (70 days) of pregnancy, and the regimen consists of two different drugs. Keep reading to learn more about the process and how to know if you qualify.

Ordering Online Skips Important Health Screenings

If you get the abortion medication after a telehealth appointment, this option lacks some benefits of an in-person exam.

An ultrasound will confirm how long you have been pregnant, so you will know if you are eligible for the 70-day timeframe. 

An ultrasound will also show if your pregnancy is progressing and if you are experiencing a health complication, such as an ectopic pregnancy, which requires medical intervention rather than an abortion pill.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these other conditions may eliminate your ability to use the abortion pill: 

  • Your pregnancy is too far along
  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Certain medical conditions include bleeding disorders, heart or blood vessel diseases, uncontrolled seizures, etc.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor

The Abortion Pill Comes with Risks

The Mayo Clinic lists the following risks of medical abortion:

  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

It also comes with the possibility of an incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical intervention. 

Next Steps

At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we offer no-cost ultrasound consultations, which can provide accurate pregnancy dating and confirm pregnancy viability, affecting your eligibility for the abortion pill.

We also provide a safe space to ask questions and learn more about the pregnancy process so you feel informed and empowered. Contact us today!