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Many women consider mail-order abortion due to the privacy and convenience it affords, but it’s important to make sure you research the process and what to expect in order to make a clear and confident choice for your future.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

A medication abortion must be prescribed by a doctor and is a regiment of two drugs. The first drug, mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy from receiving progesterone, which is essential for the pregnancy to keep growing.

Now that the pregnancy has ended, the second drug, misoprostol, contracts the womb and expels the fetus and any pregnancy tissue. 

The Risks of the Abortion Pill

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

One of the risks of a medication abortion is that if you order it online, you are going without an ultrasound, an essential health screening for determining the viability of your pregnancy.

Confirming the Pregnancy’s Viability

Before you complete a medical abortion, it’s important you receive an ultrasound. An ultrasound can determine your eligibility for the abortion by confirming the age, eliminating the possibility of a miscarriage, and detecting any abnormalities such as ectopic pregnancy or low amniotic fluid. 

We offer no-cost ultrasound referrals at Pregnancy Care Center Tennessee, so contact us today to take this important step towards protecting your health! 

NOTE: We offer accurate information about all your pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal, professional and/or medical advice.