Post-Roe, some women turn to mail-in methods to obtain the abortion pill. However, based on where you live, state laws will determine if you’re eligible to receive the abortion pill by mail.
If you are considering mail-order abortion in or out of state, you should understand some safety measures that are important to help protect your health.
Why Does My State Of Residence Matter?
In June 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. This decision meant each state now has the ability to regulate abortions in their territories.
This means there are now different regulations on abortions, including those regulating the abortion pill via mail.
Knowing your state’s abortion laws is essential to understand your options. Still, if you’re planning on traveling to gain access to this medication, there are important protocols you should take beforehand to safeguard your health and wellness.
What Should I Do First?
You should complete these things before obtaining an abortion procedure:
- Confirm pregnancy with a highly accurate pregnancy test and ultrasound.
- Receive a complete physical exam and provide a health history, including current medications.
- Speak to a trusted professional about the risks and all your options.
Sometimes pregnancy tests give inaccurate results due to user error, medications, or faulty tests. That’s why confirming pregnancy with a quality test is important.
In conjunction with this, an ultrasound should be used. This imaging will answer how far the pregnancy has progressed, which can impact your options. The abortion pill, for example, cannot be used to end pregnancies farther along than 9 weeks and sometimes 7 weeks.
Receiving a physical exam and speaking with a trusted professional will help your provider know if your health qualifies for abortion and if STDs, which can cause dangerous complications, are present. Additionally, some medications must be stopped or altered before this procedure.
Lastly, you deserve to know how abortion might impact your health, and discussing risks and complications that can arise is an essential element of informed consent.
Where Can I Go For Answers?
This is your health, your choice. You deserve all the facts to feel confident with your decision. Reach out to us to let us know how we can assist you on your journey.