Since abortion is illegal in Texas, it is also illegal to obtain the abortion pill in the state due to new regulations. Due to this, women have begun using unreliable online methods to receive this drug through the internet. It’s crucial to know that while women may find the abortion pill online, they should be aware of the dangers associated with this practice.
First, What Is the Abortion Pill and Its Risks?
The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is a combination of two medications typically used to terminate a viable pregnancy located in the uterus. The medications are called:
- Mifepristone- this medication blocks an essential pregnancy hormone called progesterone.
- Misoprostol- causes the body to experience contractions to push pregnancy tissue out of the body.
Like other medications, there are risks women should know before using this drug combination:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Some women are not recommended to use this method. It’s important to help protect your health and safety by speaking with a trusted provider, giving a full health history, stating any current medications used and receiving a complete physical.
Does It Matter Where Medication Is Sourced?
If the abortion pill is retrieved from outside the U.S., it’s important to consider if the source is trustworthy. The FDA states, “Medicine bought over the Internet from foreign sources, from storefront businesses that offer to buy foreign medicine for you, or during trips outside the United States, may not be safe or effective.”
Many women already have and rely on trusted pharmacies that source medications responsibly and use qualified pharmacists. It’s important to trust where your medications come from so you remain safe.
Where Can I Go To Discuss My Options?
If you would like to discuss your options and receive clarity on the risks or complications associated with this method, please contact us today so we can help you find the answers you’re looking for.
We also offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and options counseling. Our appointments are always free and confidential. We hope to assist you in choosing what is right for you during this journey!