Laws regarding abortion are different in each state. In some states, there are very few bans on abortion. In others, abortion is illegal once a heartbeat is detected, around six weeks.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the abortion pill became available through the mail, but some states have restricted access. Before scheduling an abortion, medical or surgical, answer some important questions first.
Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?
You may think a positive result on a home pregnancy test is all you need to confirm your pregnancy, but it isn’t. Up to 25% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. According to the Mayo Clinic, the number could be higher because most miscarriages occur before women realize they’re pregnant.
Getting a positive pregnancy test result is possible even if you’ve miscarried. It takes your body time to clear out the pregnancy hormones. Depending on how far along you were in your pregnancy, it could take days or weeks.
Additionally, an ectopic or tubal pregnancy is a pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside the uterus and will not result in a live birth. An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous if undetected. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, you will need to see a doctor to have it removed. The abortion pill is not effective at removing an ectopic pregnancy.
Ultrasound is the best way to determine if you’ve miscarried or if you have an ectopic pregnancy. At Ivy Women’s Center, we offer no-cost and confidential ultrasounds to women who get a positive result on one of our pregnancy tests.
Are You Eligible For The Abortion Pill?
The FDA has approved using the abortion pill method up to 70 days after the first day of your last menstrual cycle. Do you know exactly when you got pregnant? After the 70th day, an abortion provider may recommend a surgical abortion, raising costs and recovery time.
When you have an ultrasound, our technician can measure the fetus and get a close idea of how many days you’ve been pregnant. You’ll know if you qualify for the abortion pill before ordering.
What Are The Ohio Abortion Laws?
Currently, Ohio does not have a telemedicine abortion ban so you can order the abortion pill through the mail.
You are required to have one in-person visit with the abortion provider. In addition, the law requires you to have an ultrasound and wait for 24 hours before the abortion. Since there is a requirement for an ultrasound, why not get one for no cost? Contact Ivy Women’s Center and set up a confidential appointment. We care about your health and future. We can discuss the abortion pill procedure and give you information to make a confident decision.