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At-Home Abortions: What do I need to know?

At-home abortions: What do I need to know?

At-home abortions: What do I need to know? When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, an at-home abortion or DIY abortion might sound like a quick and easy option for you. And if this pregnancy is something you just found out about, you might even feel like it’s a decision you need to make right away. We understand your concerns. At BFR Medical, we’re here for you. Even though you may feel rushed, make sure to research your options thoroughly. Taking a few days to fully understand the process will help bring a clear decision.

If you are considering taking the abortion pill, we can help you answer some of the most common questions about DIY abortions, at-home abortions, and ordering the abortion pill online.At-home abortions: What do I need to know?

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Are at-home abortions safe?

A doctor’s consultation and ultrasound are essential before taking the abortion pill. It’s important to discuss the risks and side effects with a medical professional. It’s also important to know if you have a viable pregnancy. The best way to determine viability is by ultrasound confirmation.

Why do I need ultrasound confirmation?

An ultrasound will confirm the location of the pregnancy. If you are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and take the abortion pill, it can be a life-threatening emergency.

An ultrasound will tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy which will determine if the abortion pill is appropriate treatment. You can take the abortion pill up to 10 weeks since your last menstrual period.

Can I purchase the abortion pill online?

Some abortion clinics offer video appointments and medications via mail. However, without an ultrasound, you won’t know how far along you are or have pregnancy confirmation. Taking the abortion pill when you are too far along, have an ectopic pregnancy, or other medical conditions may cause serious health problems. Purchasing the abortion pill from an unknown source on the internet is dangerous and could put your health at greater risk. The FDA warns individuals “You should not buy Mifeprex over the internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.”

Can herbs or home remedies safely induce an abortion?

It has been practiced for thousands of years to use herbs, home remedies, and self-induced abortions. But these can put you at an even greater health risk. According to the World Health Organization, 45% of all abortions annually were considered “unsafe” and one in four women experience complications and ongoing health concerns. These risks can include hemorrhage, infection, toxicity, scarring, and incomplete abortion. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a self-induced abortion, it is a medical emergency. Seek medical attention immediately.

What can I do if I take the abortion pill and regret it?

If you’ve taken the abortion pill and are experiencing thoughts of regret, uncertainty, or shame, it may not be too late to reverse the effects of the mifepristone. Contact the Abortion Pill Rescue (877-746-7080) to speak to someone about your options.

When it comes to choosing to terminate a pregnancy, you should be aware of the risks, side effects, and complications. At BFR Medical, we provide you with the evidence-based research you need to make an informed decision. Schedule your appointment at BFR Medical to get your questions answered by a team of medical professionals.