At Home Abortions

There is a growing number of at home abortions taking place after the FDA made significant changes to the REMS restrictions for mifepristone. You can now receive access to this medication without an in-person visit to your physician. Out of state abortion pill providers are popping up on the internet and provide this medication at a low cost. Unfortunately, this medication is potent and carries risks that can be dangerous, especially without doctor supervision. 

Taking medical procedures into the home can open the door to insufficient health screening and lack of proper education prior to the procedure. This can increase your risk of medical emergencies, your risk for a failed abortion and can put your mental and emotional health at risk. In addition, many women say their actual experience from a medical abortion was significantly more difficult than they expected.

What you need to know before considering at home abortion

Not all pregnancies are viable, so confirming your pregnancy is crucial before considering abortion. If women only take a pregnancy test before ordering mifepristone, they might go through an unnecessary medical treatment that can put their health at risk. It’s also extremely important to know whether the gestational age of your pregnancy is within the parameters established for this medication to be safe and effective.

A women should also review her sexual health history with a doctor to see if she has other risks to consider such as ectopic risk, an untreated STI/STD or RH-factor.
Medical abortions can be more dangerous than surgical abortions. These risks are even greater when the abortion is performed at home without medical supervision from a licensed medical professional.

It’s important to note that mifepristone does come with risks, including:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Severe Stomach Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Incomplete Abortion

These risks are real and now women will be facing these potential side effects alone and at home, without the care of a doctor.

Abortions can be reversed

Medication abortion (also known as chemical abortion and abortion pills) is completed in 2 parts. The first part consists of taking mifepristone which blocks progesterone to the pregnancy. The second part, misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later and causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.

Sometimes after taking the first step, ingesting mifepristone, women experience regret and change their minds. They want to keep the pregnancy. If this happens, we can administer the abortion pill reversal protocol. There is hope! Over 3,000 lives have been saved to date using this pain free procedure.

Women deserve access to information

Abortion is not the only option for an unplanned pregnancy. There is adoption, legal guardianship, and parenting. However, these options might not be discussed once the medication has been given, which is a disservice to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They should have access to informed decision making and be able to talk over their options before making such a life altering decision.

We can help

If you’re considering an at home abortion, reach out to our registered nurses for more information and support. We can help you verify your pregnancy, offer care, and ensure that you have access to all of the information you need to make the best decision for your pregnancy.

We can help!

It’s important to contact the Abortion Pill Rescue Network as soon as possible after taking mifepristone for the best chance of keeping the pregnancy. There’s a 24/7 hotline and providers worldwide who offer reversal to women who have started a chemical abortion and are having regret. We can help! You can call the national hotline or live chat with a medical professional on the website.

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