Yes, it is possible to order the abortion pill online in Maryland, but you must meet certain qualifications first. Make sure you know the requirements, process, side effects, and potential risks before ordering the abortion pill online.
What Is The Abortion Pill?
There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. The abortion pill is a medical or medication abortion procedure. It uses two drugs over a 24- to 48-hour period to terminate a pregnancy.
The first drug, mifepristone is usually taken at an approved abortion facility. By ordering the drugs online, you will not have the assurance you’ve met the qualifications.
You take the first drug to block the uterus from absorbing progesterone. This is a hormone every pregnancy needs to continue growing. Without progesterone, the pregnancy is terminated.
The second drug causes bleeding and contractions to expel the pregnancy and tissue from your uterus. You are encouraged to have someone with you after you take the second drug in case the bleeding becomes severe.
Requirements For Using The Abortion Pill Method
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the abortion pill with restrictions. The abortion pill method is approved to end a pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period).
Are you confident you know the number of days you’ve been pregnant? Ultrasound is the most reliable way to tell how far along you are.
If you are a minor in Maryland, the law requires a parent or guardian to be notified of your decision to have an abortion.
The Mayo Clinic suggests you not use the abortion pill method if:
- You have an IUD
- You have certain medical conditions of the heart, liver, kidneys, or blood disorders
- You are allergic to the medications
- You take blood thinners
- You can’t make a follow-up visit to ensure your abortion is complete
Risks Of The Abortion Pill
The Mayo Clinic lists these as potential risks of using the abortion pill method:
- An incomplete abortion
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Get A Free Ultrasound To See If You Qualify
There are several reasons you need to have an ultrasound before ordering the abortion pill. An ultrasound reveals:
- How far along you are in your pregnancy
- If your pregnancy is growing or you’ve had a miscarriage
- Where your pregnancy is located