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Common Myths about the Abortion Pill by Mail

The abortion pill by mail might sound like a great option at first. It’s convenient, you don’t have to talk to anyone, and it’s quick and easy. Right?

In reality, every woman has a different experience. There are things about your health and your pregnancy to consider before you take any medication like this. And if you’re going to undergo a medical procedure, being monitored by a medical professional is best for your health and safety.

You deserve to know all the facts about the abortion pill by mail, so you can make the best choice for yourself. This pregnancy probably wasn’t part of your plan. But you still have a bright future. Your plans and your life matter. At ThriVe+, we are women supporting women. That’s why we’re here to talk about the mailed abortion pill so you can be as prepared as possible to make your choice.

Let’s talk about some of the common myths surrounding the abortion pill by mail.

Common Myths About Mailed Abortion Pills

1. Myth: Abortion Pills are Safe for Anyone to Take:

Fact: All pregnancies are different, and there are things to think about before using the abortion pill. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor first. Every pregnancy is unique, and some things can make using abortion pills not as safe for everyone. In fact, it could be downright dangerous for some women. It depends on your health, how long you’ve been pregnant, and whether the pregnancy is in the right place. It’s super important to talk to a doctor first to make sure it’s the right choice for you. We’ll talk more about this below.

2. Myth: Mailed Abortion Pills are Always Illegal

Fact: It depends on where you live. In some places it’s legal to get the abortion pill by mail with a virtual doctor visit, but other places have strict rules against it. Some areas allow it if you talk to a doctor online, but in other places, it might be illegal. Make sure to know the rules and laws where you are so you don’t get into any trouble. 

It’s important to note, though, that (even if it’s legal where you live) the FDA does NOT recommend ordering abortion pills by mail. These pills might not be regulated or safe.

Your future matters, so learn about your local laws and consider your safety. 

FDA, Information about Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy up to Ten Weeks Gestation

3. Myth: DIY Medication Abortions are the Same as In-Clinic Procedures

Fact: They’re done differently, but both should have the supervision of a medical professional. Before you seek out an abortion of any kind, it’s important that you get a pre-abortion screening. This can rule out dangerous conditions like ectopic pregnancy, and give you the information you need to make a safe decision. That’s why you always need to get an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill by mail.

4. Myth: Abortion Pills Ordered Online are Readily Available to Everyone

Fact: It really depends on the laws where you live, and abortion laws are always changing. For women in some states, it’s currently against the law to order or access abortion pills.  ThriVe+ can help you learn about all the options available to you.

5. Myth: Self-Managed Abortions are Risk-Free:

Fact: There are risks to taking the abortion pill, and it’s important to understand these risks. Doing an abortion on your own (without medical supervision) is especially risky (but we’ll talk more about that in a second). If you have complications, you could require emergency care. That’s why talking to a doctor and knowing about all of your options is super important.

These are just some things to think about when it comes to the myths about the abortion pill by mail. Always talk to a doctor (or medical professional) and make sure you understand what’s right for you.

Rise of DIY Medication Abortions

More people are using DIY medication abortions, where you take abortion pills at home. Some pregnant women talk to a doctor online before doing it. This is getting more popular because it feels private and convenient. But, it’s really important to remember that talking to a doctor and having an ultrasound is the best way to stay safe and make the right choice for you. 

And before you pursue abortion, make sure you take time to think about all of the options. You always have the control and the power over your body. Your choices are abortion, adoption, or parenting. At ThriVe+, we offer no-cost pre-abortion screenings and medically and scientifically based information.  You’re always welcome, and we’re a safe place for you to ask questions.

How the Abortion Pill Works

The abortion pill is usually two pills, and they work together to end the pregnancy. It’s important to know how it works so you can make the best choice for you. Read more about the abortion pill by mail:

Normal Side Effects

After taking the abortion pills, you might have bleeding, cramps, feel sick, tired, or have lots of emotions. These side effects are very common. They may last for a couple of weeks or more. But always talk to a doctor if you’re worried. If you’ve had an abortion and you’re looking for support, we’re here for you at ThriVe+. Our women’s advocates care about your well-being. We want you to feel confident and content in your decisions.

Mayo Clinic, Mifepristone (Oral Route) Side Effects

Dangerous Complications

Sometimes, there can be problems with the abortion pill by mail. For example, sometimes the body has trouble passing the pregnancy, there’s infection, or heavy bleeding. These are all possibilities. It’s crucial to get help from a doctor if you’re experiencing any of these.

Mayo Clinic, Mifepristone (Oral Route) Proper Use

Risks of Not Having In-Person Appointments

Not going to a doctor in person can be risky. At an appointment, a medical provider can check how long you’ve been pregnant, make sure it’s not in the wrong place, and make sure you aren’t having complications. Skipping these steps can be dangerous, so it’s best to see a doctor before and after taking the pills.

What do we mean by making sure the pregnancy is in the right place? There’s something called ectopic” pregnancies. This is when the pregnancy develops outside of the uterus. For a woman who has an ectopic pregnancy, she wouldn’t be able to tell unless she had an ultrasound, or until she had a medical emergency. Ectopic pregnancies require immediate medical attention, and they won’t go away on their own. No abortion pill or abortion pill by mail will end an ectopic pregnancy. That’s why it’s so important for you to come in person and have an ultrasound as soon as you know you’re pregnant. You can get a pregnancy test at no cost at ThriVe+.

AAFP, Use of Mifepristone for Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

Mayo Clinic, Ectopic pregnancy

Legal Concerns

In some places, getting abortion pills in the mail is illegal. It’s super important to follow the laws where you are to avoid any problems. 

ThriVe+ is a safe place for you to get your pre-abortion screening. We’re discreet, no-cost, and judgment-free. Please come see us today to take the next steps towards your decision.

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