Should I order the abortion pill online? 

Should I order the abortion pill online?

With recent changes in abortion laws, many people seeking abortions are turning to at-home abortions. You may have heard these called medication or chemical abortions, self-managed abortions, or taking the abortion pill

What is the abortion pill? 

The abortion pill is actually a series of two different medications. The first dose is called mifepristone or Mifeprex. This pill will stop the progesterone from entering the placenta and uterus which keeps the pregnancy from maturing. The second medication, Misoprostol, is taken up to 72 hours later. This causes the uterus to contract and empty itself of the pregnancy. It’s extremely important to remember that abortion pills are approved by the FDA to be taken safely within the first 70 days of pregnancy

Ordering abortion pills online

With less access to abortion clinics in some states since the overturning of Roe vs Wade, there has been increased access to abortion pills online. However, that doesn’t mean ordering medications online is safe. 

The FDA has created safety restrictions for how Mifeprex and its approved generic brands can be distributed and sold. Mifeprex pills sold online from foreign Internet sources are not FDA-approved versions of the drug. The FDA warns that you should not buy Mifeprex over the Internet. Buying online bypasses important safeguards designed to protect your health, such as manufacturing controls or a medical consultation with a healthcare provider. 

If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill and are feeling regretful or have changed your mind about taking the second dose, you have options. Visit to learn more. 

Talk to a medical professional first

It’s important to always talk with a medical provider before making a decision about taking the abortion pill. Your medical history impacts if you are eligible for self-managed, elective abortion. There are some pre-existing conditions that would make the abortion pill dangerous for your health: 

  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Allergies to the medications used in the medication abortion
  • Heart, blood vessel, liver, kidney, or lung diseases
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Use of blood thinners or steroid medications

Talk with your doctor before taking any medication. Our experienced nurse professionals can also help talk you through your medical history and options. Although LWC does not provide or refer for abortion procedures, we are here to help and care for you through your decision-making process. Contact us to schedule your free and confidential appointment today.

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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

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