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WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ORDERING THE ABORTION PILL ONLINE?

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 WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ORDERING THE ABORTION PILL ONLINE?

If you're thinking about ordering the abortion pill online, it's essential to read up on the potential risks and side effects you may encounter.

RISKS OF ORDERING THE ABORTION PILL ONLINE

Health Risks from Skipping Scans and Tests

An ultrasound can uncover serious conditions like ectopic pregnancy. STI testing (also referred to as STD testing) will identify if you have any current infections which can lead to complications.

You might be wondering, "Why would I need those tests if I'm just looking to get an abortion?"

Abortion is a serious medical procedure and without the necessary precautions, the process can lead to serious, if not fatal, consequences. Pre-abortion screenings are necessary to ensure there are no conditions surrounding your health or your pregnancy that could lead to unnecessary complications like infections and hemorrhaging.

If you would like a pre-abortion screening at no cost to you, schedule your appointment here

You might be too far along to have a medical abortion.

The abortion pill is only available in the first nine weeks of gestation. An abortion attempt later on in the pregnancy will likely be ineffective or lead to an incomplete abortion, resulting in dangerous health risks.

An ultrasound will help your doctor verify your due date and give you information on the abortion options available to you.

The abortion pill can be fatal, especially when taken without medical supervision.

Women who take the abortion pill, even when accessed through the proper channels, can expect to experience side effects such as cramps, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, abdominal pain, and flu-like symptoms.

While these risks can sometimes be managed when supervised closely by a medical professional, at-home abortions come with additional complications related to lack of access to emergency care. If faced with an infection or hemorrhaging, you might not be able to address serious conditions in time.

At-home abortion attempts can lead to long-term, serious mental health complications.

The process of having an abortion at home can be accompanied by intense feelings of trauma, guilt, and shame, leading to serious mental health conditions down the road.1

IS THE ABORTION PILL RIGHT FOR ME?

Before you decide if the abortion pill is right for you, take the time you need to be informed so you can make an empowered choice for you and your future!

Follow these steps to learn more:

1. Find lab-quality pregnancy testing near you.

  1. Schedule an appointment for an ultrasound scan.
  2. Talk to a trained professional so that you can fully understand all of the options available to you!

    Crossroads Resource Center is here to help! We provide no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and options counseling to help you make an informed decision during this time.
  1. Broen AN, Moum T, Bødtker AS, Ekeberg O. The course of mental health after miscarriage and induced abortion: a longitudinal, five year follow-up study. BMC Med. 2005;3:18.
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