Can I Go to The Hospital for an Abortion During COVID-19?

29 Jul, 2020

 

Girl Is Considering a Hospital for Abortion During COVID-19

 

Abortion Options

If you are a woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy considering abortion during COVID-19, there are some important things to know before making your final decision.

Government-issued shelter in place guidelines, social distancing, and resources deemed essential are aggressive efforts to minimize exposure and reduce transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to employees and the public.

Surgical Abortions

Surgical abortions are not considered essential based on state and local government collaboration because 85% of OBGYN’s do not have competency or skill set to perform them.

In addition, surgical abortion requires unnecessary use of personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and gloves.

This makes the option of medical abortion through the abortion pill the preferred option, but here’s what you need to know.

Medical Abortions

The abortion pill, RU-486 (mifepristone and misoprostol) carries 4-5 more complications for infection, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, failure to abort (women can still remain pregnant when abortion pill fails) and bleeding which will ultimately lead to emergent surgical intervention.

Medical abortions are done at home, they are self-administered without a medical doctor provider present. This is very unsafe because of the higher risks; it puts both the woman and unborn at risk in that there are increased risks of bleeding and complications.

Without a medical provider present, how will the woman know the seriousness of the complications of medical abortion? Furthermore, if complications occur, the woman will have to be admitted to the emergency room where the provider has had no previous communication with the prescribing provider; this will grossly impact the transition of care and patient outcomes.

Abortion Complications and Hospital Setting During COVID-19

Emergency rooms are overloaded with patients experiencing symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19, this puts the woman, who is already suffering complications from a medical abortion, at risk of exposure.

Medical abortions carry a risk of the woman becoming more susceptible to COVID-19.

The abortion pill, RU-486, is an immunosuppressant. According to Dr. Doug Roberts, a rheumatologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California Medical School, immunosuppressive drugs can increase the risks of decreasing the body’s ability to defend itself against many pathogens-such as COVID-19.

The abortion pill has 4-5x likelihood of complication of hemorrhage, which can last 2 weeks or more. With COVID-19, there is a shortage of blood supply alongside other resources. If a woman has a complication, this doesn’t just impact the unborn but can be life-threatening to the woman herself.

Turning Point PRC Resources

At Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 carefully by following the CDC guidelines.

Please call (858) 397-1970 or text (858) 822-9335 to speak with our medical staff.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.

If we assess you to be at risk, you will be asked to schedule your appointment to a future date for the safety of our staff and patients. We may also have available telehealth appointments.


References:

https://www.parkview.com/patients-visitors/covid-19

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/immunosuppressants-coronavirus