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Are You Thinking about an Abortion at Home?

Your period was late. The home pregnancy tests you took came out positive. This is not a time when you expected or want to be pregnant. There can be lots of reasons you just don’t feel you can have a baby now. You know that an abortion can be expensive, and it’s certainly not something you’ve budgeted for. You don’t want others to know about your predicament. You’re in a difficult situation and looking for answers. You’ve heard about do-it-yourself or abortions at home. You wonder if this might be an option for you.

If this is you, know that you don’t have to go through this difficult season alone. Would it help to explore and confidentially discuss your options with a nonjudgmental listener who genuinely cares about you? We can help you with that. For four decades, we have served Chicagoland women as their first step in dealing with unexpected pregnancies. Avenue has six centers throughout DuPage County. We hope you will call us today to schedule your confidential appointment. We offer a free, medical-grade test to confirm a pregnancy. And we also provide a free, private, pregnancy consultation if the result is positive.

Questions to Consider When Looking Into Home Abortion

For your questions about abortion at home, here are some things to consider:

Is an abortion at home safe?

  • The termination of a pregnancy is a serious medical procedure.
  • Because of potential risks with abortion—or any medical procedure with this level of variables and complexities—a woman should be under a doctor’s care to ensure her safety.
  • A significant risk of a homemade abortion is the possibility of failing to remove ALL of the contents in the uterus. This can cause further complications and infection.
  • The internet has much misinformation about do-it-yourself abortion, including some methods that will not work. Other methods will put your health – even your life – at risk.
  • Products purchased over the internet may not be manufactured, stored, and/or labeled according to best practices. You may think you are ordering the correct product, but it may not be what you want.
  • Every woman’s medical situation is unique. Something that worked for one person may not be successful for every woman.

Is an abortion at home legal?

  • FDA guidelines require an abortion provider to have the ability to provide necessary surgical intervention and/or emergency care should it be needed. This speaks both to the safety and legality of abortion.
  • In some states, self-induced abortion is against the law.
  • In other states, there are statutes against the unauthorized practice of medicine or other drug charges that may apply.
  • If a homemade abortion were unsuccessful and the woman needed medical intervention, there could be legal problems.

Whether for money concerns or any other reasons, self-induced abortion is neither a safe nor a good solution. Whatever may be causing you to consider abortion at home, please contact us first. Let us provide you with important, free services – a pregnancy test, ultrasound, consultation, and options information. Our caring and compassionate client advocates look forward to serving you.


The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.