It depends. Many factors play a role in the safety of an online or at-home abortion.

If you’re considering an online or at-home abortion in Arkansas, here are some facts you should know. 

1. Medical Supervision Is Crucial.

Currently, abortion is illegal in Arkansas except in cases of life endangerment. 

This law means if women are receiving online or at-home abortion drugs in Arkansas, then they may not have in-person medical oversight. For your health and safety, it’s critical not to take abortion drugs without medical supervision.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic says medical abortion isn’t an option for women who can’t make follow-up visits to their provider or access emergency care.
Medical abortion triggers abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Monitoring your bleeding to ensure it’s not too heavy (soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours) is important. 

Also, after the procedure is complete, you will need to monitor for signs of infection, such as fever, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or severe abdominal or back pain. 

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, you must be able to receive medical care to treat these issues quickly.

2. Certain Health Conditions Could Make Medical Abortion Unsafe.

In addition to being unable to have follow-up appointments or access emergency care, the Mayo Clinic lists other health conditions that rule out medical abortion as an option.

These health conditions include but are not limited to an allergy to the drugs, being too far along in your pregnancy (more than nine weeks), having an ectopic pregnancy, taking a blood thinner, and having an IUD currently in place. 

Talking with a medical professional about your medical history, current prescriptions, and allergies can prevent complications. Also, having an ultrasound scan to determine how far along you are and whether or not you have an ectopic pregnancy can identify and prevent potential issues.

3. The Origin of the Abortion Drugs Makes a Difference.

The FDA cannot verify the quality, effectiveness, and safety of received outside the legitimate U.S. supply chain. For this reason, the FDA advises against ordering abortion drugs online.

Drugs from overseas providers could pose more risks to your health as you won’t be able to verify that you received the correct drug in the proper dosage. 

Safety First: Visit Elevate Women’s Center

Schedule a no-cost preabortion screening appointment at Elevate Women’s Center to review your medical history and receive pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, and STD testing.

While we do not refer for or provide abortions, we can give you the information you need to protect your health and thoroughly consider your options. Book a confidential appointment today!

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