Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming for many reasons. You may feel relational or financial pressure or simply don’t want to be a parent right now.

Before making your decision, ensure you get recommended health screenings to be aware of any conditions that may disqualify you from the procedure. These include, but aren’t limited to: miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or if your pregnancy is later than eleven weeks.

Schedule a Pregnancy Test

Scheduling a pregnancy test should be the first step to confirming your pregnancy. While at-home tests are generally highly accurate, one study indicates that up to 5% of pregnancy tests can be misleading. While you may get a negative result, you could, in fact, still be pregnant.

At Options for Women, we offer no-cost medical-grade pregnancy testing and guidance on the best time to take a pregnancy test for the most accurate results. Taking a pregnancy test too early while you are still pregnant is possible.

Risks of the Abortion Pill

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of medical abortion include:

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

Get An Ultrasound

Even if you receive a positive pregnancy test result, ensure you are screened for different health issues, which may require a procedure other than an elective abortion. For example, the National Library of Medicine estimates that “as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.”

You will also want to find the location of the pregnancy. If the embryo has been implanted outside the uterus, you’ll want to seek medical treatment for an ectopic pregnancy immediately. 

Because the abortion pill is FDA-approved for up to eleven weeks of pregnancy, you’ll want to learn the age of the pregnancy as well with an ultrasound.

If you take the abortion pill later than eleven weeks, you may experience some of the possible risks associated with the abortion pill, such as an incomplete abortion.

Gaining the knowledge of the exact age of the pregnancy, knowing these details will give you more peace of mind and a better idea of whether you qualify.

Next Steps

At our clinic, we offer no-cost pregnancy services such as no-cost medical-grade pregnancy tests. Once we have confirmed your pregnancy, you will be eligible for a free limited ultrasound so you can confirm if your pregnancy is progressing as expected and how far along you are.

Once you have this information, you can also receive an options consultation. We provide evidence-based education about the pregnancy process and information about local resources that can help you.

At Options for Women, you are supported and empowered. Contact us today to make your appointment!

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.