Your Medical History Matters
One of the first steps a licensed medical provider takes before giving a patient any medication is to get a medical history. This helps rule out conditions that might make the medication dangerous specifically to you.
For example, you need a licensed medical provider to check if any of your current or former medications and/or supplements will interact dangerously with the medications used for abortion. The medications used in an abortion react badly with numerous medicines and even with certain foods. You need a licensed medical provider to tell you what you can safely consume with the pills.
You also need to discuss other situations that would make medication abortion dangerous. For example, you cannot take the abortion pills if you use an intrauterine device (IUD) as contraception. Your provider will ask the necessary questions to rule out any other unsafe practices.
Also bear in mind that only a licensed medical provider can examine you to check for the physical issues that would prevent you from safely taking a medication. There are circumstances that would make a medication abortion unsafe, including (but not limited to) the following conditions:
- Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
- Adrenal failure
- Bleeding disorders