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An online or at-home abortion involves receiving abortion drugs by mail and taking them at home. To protect your health, it’s essential to know all you can about this option since it comes with unique risks. 

Read on to learn more about these risks and next steps for staying safe. Have questions in the meantime? Want to learn more about your pregnancy options? Contact Choose Hope Women’s Center to talk to one of our caring team members. You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.

Risks of an At-Home Abortion

With an online abortion, you don’t need to be seen in person by a physician. Instead, you can speak to a doctor online via a telehealth appointment. You would then be sent the abortion drugs in the mail and expected to take them at home. 

The abortion drugs are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 70 days gestation. It’s also not recommended if you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, or if you have certain medical conditions or are on various medications. 

Taking the abortion drugs by mail without being seen in person and receiving an ultrasound is dangerous because the age and location of your pregnancy can’t be confirmed. This puts you at greater risk for complications.

Importance of an Ultrasound

If you’re considering getting the abortion pill online, receiving an ultrasound is the most important step you can take to safeguard your health. 

An ultrasound can reveal the age and location of your pregnancy and ensure that you are still in fact pregnant. This is important considering that “26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage,” according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). And it’s possible to have a miscarriage without immediate signs or symptoms.

Next Steps

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can make you feel powerless, but learning all you can about your options will help you become empowered. At Choose Hope Women’s Center, we offer free pregnancy resources and a caring team that will give you the space you need to talk and ask questions during a pre-abortion consultation. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

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