At-home abortion and online abortion are used interchangeably and are other names for medical abortion. A medical abortion is a procedure done in the privacy of your home. Though it may be convenient and private, there are serious health risks to consider before making up your mind.
One of the downsides of an at-home abortion is that it removes the medical oversight that protects your health. Get more clarity about this option by speaking with a compassionate team today.
What is an At-Home Abortion/Online Abortion?
Formally called medical abortion, this type of abortion consists of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Together they are called the abortion pill and work to induce an abortion.
Mifepristone works to block the pregnancy hormone progesterone, causing the uterus to thin making it an unsuitable environment for the embryo. It cannot survive and eventually detaches.
The second drug, misoprostol, causes contractions to expel the embryo from the uterus through the vagina.
Know the Risks
The Physical Risks
Before taking any medication, speaking to a trusted medical professional is always essential. The Mayo Clinic shares some of the risks of a medical or (at-home abortion), including:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
- Potential mental health impacts
The Mental Health Risks
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Women who have an abortion can experience various emotions, from guilt, sadness, and even relief.
The National Institute of Health indicates, “at least some women have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
Get Answers Today
Protecting your health and safety are of utmost importance. Confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and ultrasound to know how far along you are, and be alerted to any potential health risks like an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
If you are thinking about abortion, we are available to help discuss your options with you. Please schedule an appointment today to meet with a professional and discuss your options. While we do not perform or refer for abortions, we can provide you with the facts and support you’ll need to make an informed decision.