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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering ordering the abortion pill online, it’s essential to understand the risks that come along with this choice. 

Read on to learn more about the dangers of ordering the abortion pill online and how to protect your health. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy options, contact Pregnancy Care Center to be connected with one of our caring team members. All appointments are confidential and provided at no cost to you. Pregnancy Care Center does not provide abortion procedures or referrals for them, but is here to support you through your decision making process and provide information to equip you to make an informed decision. 

Is Ordering the Abortion Pill Online Dangerous?

Since abortion is illegal in Tennessee , if you order the abortion pill online, you’ll most likely be going through an unverified, illegal source to receive the drugs. In fact, the FDA advises against seeking the abortion pill online because the drugs’ source, quality, and safety can’t be confirmed.

Importance of an In-Person Visit

The abortion pill drugs (when obtained legally) are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under ten weeks gestation, and taking them when your pregnancy is further along puts you at risk for potentially serious complications. Furthermore, the abortion pill drugs aren’t an option for everyone. This is why it’s essential to be seen in person by a physician before seeking the abortion pill. A physician can use an ultrasound scan to determine your pregnancy’s gestational age and review your medical history and situation to see if you’re eligible for the abortion pill. 

Some of the situations which may make you ineligible for the abortion pill include: 

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening situation where your pregnancy grows outside your uterus
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the drugs used

You’re Not Alone

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering your options can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Pregnancy Care Center Tennessee, we’re here for you with no-cost resources (including ultrasound) and information that can help you make an informed, healthy decision. Call us today at (615) 773-4673 to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment today.