Now that abortion is illegal in Kentucky, you may be considering getting the abortion pill by mail. But before you do, there are some things you should know about it.
Some risks include:
According to the researchers at the University of San Francisco, a medication abortion usually costs around $550 when you include the physician visit.
The abortion pill can not be taken after 10 weeks of gestation. The Plan B medication, otherwise known as Mifepristone and Misoprostol, is an abortive combination that blocks the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which is needed for the pregnancy to grow.
About 48 hours after taking the second pill, your body will expel the fetus and all contents from your uterus through labor-like contractions and bleeding.
This type of abortion comes with some risks. For one, your uterus may not expel all of its contents, which can require surgical intervention. You also may experience a hemorrhage due to heavy bleeding. An infection is also possible and will require treatment by antibiotics.
The medication can also cause nausea, cramping, vomiting, and headache. This method is contraindicated for people who use an IUD for birth control. This means taking this medication under these circumstances could put your health at risk and might even lead to death.
In short, no. The abortion pill is not legal in Kentucky.
In March 2022 the state made new restrictions on the abortion pill that require a patient to be seen by a doctor in person before being prescribed the abortion pill.
After the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, all abortion (including use of the abortion pill) was banned in the state. Kentucky is now one of at least 19 states with restrictions that ban doctors from prescribing the abortion pill via a telehealth visit.
If you have an unplanned pregnancy, your next step should be an ultrasound. This will tell you how far along you are and alert you to any health complications you may be having. You will need to have this information before deciding about abortion because you may be too far along for the abortion pill, and will need to consider other options.
Our clinic offers free ultrasounds. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find resources and weigh your different options on moving forward.
Your future is bright, and you are not alone. Please contact us today to schedule your free ultrasound and take that necessary next step.
Disclaimer: All information is accurate as of 9/19/2022.