The abortion pill can only be used to terminate a pregnancy during a certain window of time, and some people cannot take it because of the medications they are on. If you are too far along in your pregnancy or you are taking certain types of medications, you will not be eligible for the abortion pill.
How Far Along Are You?
The abortion pill is only approved for use during the first nine weeks of pregnancy. After that time, the pregnancy is too far advanced for the abortion pill to work.
Taking the abortion pill past 10 weeks can result in incomplete abortion, leading to possible infection and other serious health complications.
Where Is Your Pregnancy Located?
Sometimes pregnancies develop outside of the uterus. These are called ectopic pregnancies and are nonviable. They also pose a health risk to you and can be fatal if not dealt with. This is why it is important to confirm with an ultrasound that the pregnancy is located in your uterus.
The abortion pill will not terminate an ectopic pregnancy so other medical attention is necessary.
Other Reasons You May Not be Eligible for the Abortion Pill
According to Mayo Clinic, these reasons also exclude women from taking the abortion pill to terminate their pregnancies:
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD).
- Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders, certain heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney or lung disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications.
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor or don’t have access to emergency care.
- Have an allergy to the medications used.
Before Taking the Abortion Pill
Before deciding on the abortion pill, it’s imperative to understand if you are eligible for it.
An ultrasound will help determine eligibility and screen for potential health hazards like an ectopic pregnancy.
We offer free ultrasounds at our center so you can get the answers you need prior to making your decision.
Contact us to schedule your free and confidential ultrasound today.