Over the last couple of years, the FDA has made significant adjustments to their Mifepristone Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. As a result of these changes, women can now be prescribed abortion medication through telemedicine and receive it by mail. 

Also known as the abortion pill or medical abortion, mail-order abortion is a two-step process. It’s an abortion that consists of two drugs that terminate an existing pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.

You deserve to know the facts before making up your mind about abortion. Be informed so you can make a confident decision for your future.

1. The Risks of Mail-Order Abortion

There are safety guards put in place for mail-order abortion, due to the significant risks including…

  • Potential unverified chemicals in the abortion pills from online distributors
  • Potential unverified dosage (leading to an incomplete abortion and life-threatening effects)
  • Unlisted risks and side effects with abortion pills online (since a lot are overseas and do not meet the FDA guidelines)

2. The Risks of The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is sent to you with a mail-order abortion. The two drugs prescribed with mail-order abortion should only be prescribed for women up to 70 days gestation or earlier, according to the FDA

Some common risks of the abortion pill, according to the Mayo Clinic, include

  • Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Fever
  • Infection

3. Pregnancy Confirmation Is Important 

Before any abortion procedure, pregnancy confirmation is essential, as it verifies that you are indeed pregnant, how far along you are, and if you are facing any potential pregnancy complications.

Free & Confidential Options

Schedule a free, confidential appointment with The Open Door for options counseling. Our professional medical staff and advocates provide

  • A review of your pregnancy symptoms.
  • Free professional pregnancy testing, even if you’ve taken an at-home test.
  • A complimentary ultrasound scan to determine if the pregnancy is viable (living and likely to continue) and how far along you are. Our certified nurses perform all ultrasounds.
  • An options consultation with your personal advocate to discuss your situation.

All of our pregnancy services are offered to you for free. We are here for you as you navigate your pregnancy.