Are you or someone you know unexpectedly pregnant and looking for options? Maybe you’re considering an at-home abortion and wonder what it might look like for you. Before you decide, please take a moment to consider the following questions:
1- What is an at-home abortion?
An at-home abortion, also referred to a self-managed abortion, is when a woman ends a pregnancy without assistance from a doctor. One common method is the “abortion pill,” (also known as RU-486) which is made up of two medications called mifepristone and misoprostol. The first medicine, mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone, causing the pregnancy to stop growing or progressing. The second medication, misoprostol, is then used to force or induce labor and expel the contents of the pregnancy from the body. The symptoms women experience are similar to that of labor which are contraction like cramping, pain, and heavy bleeding. This medication, Misoprostol, is used to prevent stomach ulcers and is not FDA approved for inducing labor.
2- Are at-home abortions safe?
All at home abortions increase your risk of experiencing dangerous health complications. Though abortion pills are becoming less regulated in the United States, mifepristone (the first pill set) is under an FDA program called Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, which is required for potentially harmful or dangerous drugs. This means only a doctor with a special certification, working in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital, can dispense the abortion pill. Additionally, they can only be administered following specific tests, a physical exam, and, potentially, an ultrasound.
The abortion pill has the potential for serious adverse events, such as hemorrhage or infections requiring antibiotics. Just so you are aware, these pills are not allowed over the counter. Be kind enough to yourself to learn the many health risks and side effects caused by at-home abortions.
3- What are my options for an unplanned pregnancy in Texas?
In Texas, the law requires having an ultrasound prior to having an abortion, and if a heartbeat is detected, the Texas Heartbeat Law, or Senate Bill 8, makes it illegal. This can be a confusing time, but you still have options. Before you make your decision, why not talk through your options with someone who understands.
Mid Cities Women’s Clinic can confirm your pregnancy and provide you with an ultrasound at no cost to you. We don’t profit from your circumstances. We’re here because we want to help. Request your appointment now.