While the drugs involved in the abortion pill (also known as a “medical abortion”) are FDA-approved for pregnancies under 10 weeks gestation, certain situations make you ineligible.

This article will look at the different situations that make you ineligible for the abortion drugs, the associated risks, and how to protect your health. But if you want to learn about no-cost pregnancy services and resources in a safe, welcoming environment, contact us today to schedule your no-cost, private appointment.

What Situations Make Me Ineligible for the Abortion Pill?

The abortion drugs aren’t an option if any of the following situations apply to you:

  • Your pregnancy is further than 10 week gestation. Some types of medical abortion aren’t done after seven weeks of pregnancy.
  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • You have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening situation.
  • You have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • You take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • You can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • You have an allergy to the medicine used.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

After taking the abortion drugs, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping—and some women report that the pain can be excruciating.

However, you might also experience one of the following risks:

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

If you attempt to take the abortion drugs despite being ineligible, you’re more likely to experience risks.

How Can I Protect My Health?

Getting an ultrasound before seeking an abortion is the most essential way to protect your health. This simple scan will give you the information you need to determine whether you’re eligible for the abortion drugs.

It’s also essential to learn all you can about abortion and your other pregnancy options to ensure you make an informed decision. At Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, we’re here to inform, listen, and support you as you navigate your options. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, private appointment.