If you’re considering getting the abortion pill, it’s important to know the facts.
- It is NOT LEGAL for abortion pills to be distributed within the state of Texas or mailed to Texas. Abortion pills obtained from international sources or other local vendors are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is no guarantee of the identity or the purity of the drug you receive outside of regulated sources.
- If you have certain health conditions, you should not take abortion pills. Abortion pills cannot be used if you have an IUD in place. A nurse consultation at Care Net Pregnancy Center is recommended to discuss risks related to your personal health.
- Although not common, there are risks of hemorrhage and infection with any kind of abortion. Know the symptoms that require emergency treatment. Even without complications, confirm that you are no longer pregnant through a follow-up appointment with a licensed medical provider. The failure of abortion pills to terminate your pregnancy increases with gestational age.
- Some women are unprepared for the level of pain they may experience after taking mifepristone and misoprostol (“abortion pills”). Severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are not uncommon symptoms. Bleeding often lasts for 2 weeks or longer after taking abortion pills.
- If you have complications after an abortion, seek emergency care and be truthful about the medications you have taken so that you receive the best possible care. A woman who has taken abortion pills CANNOT be prosecuted and hospitals and medical providers do not report abortion pill use to law enforcement.
- Taking abortion pills will NOT end an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. Because this condition can have life-threatening complications, it is critically important to rule out an ectopic pregnancy by ultrasound and seek immediate medical care for an ectopic pregnancy.
- It is important to NOT confuse emergency contraception such as the Morning After Pill or Plan B with abortion pills. Plan B is an over-the-counter drug taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Plan B does NOT work the same as abortion pills and will not terminate a pregnancy.
- Abortion pills are ONLY approved by the FDA to be taken during certain early stages of pregnancy. To make a medically-informed decision, schedule an ultrasound at Care Net Pregnancy Center to learn how far along you are in your pregnancy.
BEFORE making a decision to obtain abortion pills, for your protection, we recommend you call or text us to schedule a free nurse consultation.
Care Net Pregnancy Center provides FREE medical services and abortion information. And we will NEVER share your personal information or pregnancy intentions with the authorities.