Women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy are sometimes quick to turn to abortion. With the abortion pill now available to purchase online, women wanting to keep their pregnancy a secret now have that option

But ordering the abortion pill online can put women at risk for physical and mental health complications.  There are several instances where the abortion pill is not recommended and seeing a medical professional can help you sort through those situations..  If you’ve been researching online abortions, read on to understand the potential risks and discover other options available. 

How the Abortion Pill Works

It’s important to understand how the abortion pill works before deciding if it’s the right choice for you. The abortion pill is made up of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

A dose of mifepristone is taken first and begins the termination process by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Progesterone is what allows a pregnancy to attach to the uterine wall and grow. 

Within 24-48 hours, misoprostol is given next to evacuate the pregnancy. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and cramp. After a couple of hours, women will experience heavy bleeding, more than a period, as the pregnancy is expelled. 

Potential Risk Factors

Ordering the abortion pill online is not the same as seeing a medical professional for a pregnancy termination. 

FDA Advises Against It

The abortion pill is FDA-approved, however with their approval, they also have strict guidelines for safety. The FDA states that Mifeprex (the abortion pill) must only be ordered and dispensed by a certified healthcare provider who meets specific criteria. It is not intended to be ordered without the supervision of a medical doctor. 

What About Quality Assurance?

Suppliers who sell the abortion pill online can be from anywhere in the world. These online drugs can contain ingredients not approved by the FDA and may not be effective in terminating your pregnancy. This can result in an incomplete abortion, severe bleeding, sepsis, or even cervical shock. 

A Better Plan 

We exist to empower women and provide you with accurate information so that you can make an informed decision about your pregnancy.  Our medical professionals provide compassionate care in a warm environment. 

Whatever you choose, you don’t have to take the journey alone. Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic assists women with lab-quality pregnancy testing, no-cost ultrasounds, and STI testing and treatment. Call us at (707) 463-1436 to schedule an appointment today.