Ordering the abortion pill online

Buying abortion drugs illegally online puts your health at risk because the FDA cannot verify the safety, source, and quality of the drugs. Learn more about protecting your safety if you're considering making this choice.

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What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill? 

If you have an unplanned pregnancy and are thinking about using the abortion pill (also called a medical abortion), it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and risks to ensure your safety.

What’s the Difference Between the Abortion Pill and Plan B?

What’s the Difference Between the Abortion Pill and Plan B?

The abortion pill and Plan B serve very different functions: the abortion pill is designed to end an existing pregnancy, while Plan B is an emergency birth control method used to prevent pregnancy from happening.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and seeking an abortion in Texas—where it’s illegal—can lead you to consider online sources. However, ordering abortion drugs online is risky. In fact, the FDA advises against it

When you order the abortion pills online, you won’t see a medical provider in person in Texas. This is dangerous because you may not be a candidate for the abortion pill, and only a medical provider can make that determination based on your health history and unique situation. 

Furthermore, when you order abortion drugs online, the FDA can’t verify the source, quality, and safety of the drugs. These online drugs aren’t approved by the FDA, and if you take them, you’re putting yourself at risk for potentially serious complications from taking the wrong dosage or even the wrong drug.

Is It Safer to Travel Out of State for the Abortion Pill?

Since abortion is illegal in Texas and it’s dangerous to order the abortion pill online from unregulated sources, you might be considering traveling to a state where abortion is legal to receive the abortion pill. 

Before making travel plans, it’s essential to receive an ultrasound to find out three key details about your pregnancy—this will protect your health and help determine your eligibility for the abortion pill.

These key details include:

  1. Gestational Age of Your Pregnancy

    Did you know period trackers alone aren’t enough to reveal the age of your pregnancy?

    Getting an ultrasound is the only reliable way to know your pregnancy’s gestational age, which is needed before you can take the abortion drugs. If you try taking them when your pregnancy is too far along, your chance of risk increases.

  2. Location of Your Pregnancy

    Knowing the location is essential to rule out ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening situation in which the pregnancy grows outside the uterus. If you’re experiencing this type of pregnancy, you need emergency treatment immediately—not the abortion pill.

  3. Progression of Your Pregnancy

    During an ultrasound, the nurse or sonographer will look for a heartbeat. This detail is necessary considering that roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage—and it’s possible to experience a miscarriage without immediate signs.

    If you’ve had a miscarriage, you shouldn’t take the abortion pill. Instead, you should seek medical care to determine whether or not further treatment is necessary to prevent infection.

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