Is an At-Home Abortion Right for Me?

The recent changes to Georgia’s abortion laws have many women wondering if an at-home abortion still possible or even legal.

An at-home abortion, also referred to as a medical abortion or an abortion by pill, is still possible if the medical provider prescribing the pill cannot detect a heartbeat, which usually develops around the 6th week of pregnancy.

There are several details to know before you pursue an at-home medical abortion in Georgia.

At-Home Abortions Come with Stipulations in Georgia

As of July 2022, women in Georgia seeking a medical abortion must prove that there is no detectable heartbeat first. This requires an ultrasound screening at a qualified clinic. Women should arrange their screening as soon as possible, before the 6th week of pregnancy, to comply with the law.

At-Home Abortions Require Two Medications

When prescribed the medication to have your abortion at home, you will receive two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol. Your provider will provide detailed instructions for how you should take each pill.

You will start with the mifepristone pill, which will prevent your pregnancy from developing. Depending on your provider’s instructions, you will take the second pill, misoprostol, the same day or up to 48 hours later. This medication signals your uterus to empty. Most women should plan to rest on the day they take their second pill.

At-Home Abortions Are Often Painful

Medical abortions are similar to the effects of an early miscarriage, and there are risks. Many women report experiencing:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Fever or chills
  • Heavy bleeding with large clots
  • Heavy cramping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Uterine aches

You should experience heavy bleeding and cramping on the day you take the misoprostol. If you do not experience either, contact your medical provider immediately.

If you are interested in an at-home abortion in Georgia, Women’s Clinic of Atlanta can provide your ultrasound and abortion screening. Text “appointment” to 404-777-4771 today.

Our team will perform your ultrasound and provide beneficial information about your options and the next steps in the abortion process.

Women’s Clinic of Atlanta is HIPAA compliant and AAAHC accredited.

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