woman who experienced abortion

Abortion is a serious medical procedure, and your body may take some time to recover after the procedure. If you haven’t decided on abortion yet, here are some things to be aware of, including the side effects, risks, and what to expect afterward. Keep reading to be fully informed.

What to Expect After Abortion 

While every woman’s abortion experience is different, here are some of the risks and side effects of each procedure. You deserve the facts to make a clear pregnancy decision. 

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion, known as the abortion pill, comes with significant physical risks, including:

An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Some side effects to expect are vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. You could also have nausea (with or without vomiting), fever, chills, diarrhea, or headaches. 

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a major medical procedure that ends a pregnancy through suctioning, surgical tools, and medications. 

Common risks of surgical abortion include the following:

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Uterine perforation 
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)

Steps to Take Before Abortion

If you are still considering an abortion, be sure to confirm your pregnancy for the most updated and accurate information regarding your pregnancy details.

Options Clinic provides a confidential environment for women and couples navigating pregnancy decisions. We offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, limited STD testing and treatment, and more at no cost to you. 

We will treat you with respect and provide a compassionate, judgment-free environment. 

Before you decide what’s next, schedule an appointment to get clarity about your pregnancy and your pregnancy options.