You can get the abortion pill (also known as Plan C) either through an abortion provider’s clinic telehealth service or by an online mail source. For abortion by mail, in most cases, a telehealth appointment is required and the medication for the abortion is sent directly to you without an in-person physical examination and ultrasound. An ultrasound is important because:
- it dates the pregnancy so you know how far along you are (the abortion pill is available up to 10 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period)
- rules out ectopic pregnancy
- determines viability (up to 1 in 4 known pregnancies end in miscarriage).
At Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic we will provide a free ultrasound conducted by a licensed medical professional. The ultrasound is part of our pre-abortion screening at no cost to you.
The steps by mail-order generally include booking an online appointment for a telehealth visit where you will speak with a provider and answer questions. If you meet their criteria, you should receive the pills by mail within 24 – 72 hours. You then start the abortion pill procedure at-home and follow-up with a telehealth clinician.
Not all abortions by mail are conducted through telehealth. Some online providers require only a questionnaire to be submitted and no follow-up telehealth visit. The cost may be lower, but the risks may be higher.
In either case, it is important that you have a pre-abortion screening before making your decision. At the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic, our licensed medical professionals will conduct the screening, and our staff can discuss your options with you. Knowing all the facts before choosing the abortion procedure is a vital next step.
According to the FDA, the abortion pill is not a safe option for those who:
- has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
- has problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
- is currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy (medications)
- has had an allergic reaction to mifepristone, misoprostol or similar drugs
- has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) drug products
- has inherited porphyria
- has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking Mifeprex).
Other safety considerations:
- the need for a follow-up visit
- having immediate access to emergency care
- blood testing for RH factor
Before you make an abortion decision, get a no-cost pre-abortion screening appointment at our clinic today.