If you are considering an abortion, one option that may cross your mind is ordering the abortion pill online. Some states allow doctors to prescribe the abortion pill after a telehealth consultation, without an in-person visit or health screening.
This is not currently allowed in the state of Nebraska, but keep reading to learn more about medication abortion, or what your options are if you’re pregnant.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
A medication abortion consists of two different types of medication: mifepristone and misoprostol.
Mifepristone works to block progesterone, a necessary hormone for the pregnancy to continue. Without progesterone, the pregnancy will end.
After the pregnancy has ended about 24-48 hours later, misoprostol is taken. It forces the uterus to contract to expel the pregnancy from the body.
What Are the Side Effects?
Medication abortion causes cramping and vaginal bleeding to complete the abortion. Although, the level of both as well as feelings of discomfort will vary from person to person.
According to the Mayo Clinic, medical abortion may also cause:
What Are the Risks?
The Mayo Clinic lists the following risks of a medical abortion:
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
It also comes with the risk of an incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical abortion.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for An Abortion?
The FDA has only approved the abortion pill through the first ten weeks (70 days) of pregnancy. After this time period, surgical abortion might be recommended.