What are the Side Effects of Abortion?

Side Effects of Abortion 

With the medical procedure of abortion can come risks and side effects. The side effects of abortion can vary from minor effects like nausea or a headache to major complications like incomplete abortion or infection. Here is more information on the abortion types and side effects and risks to consider to help you make an informed decision.

Medical Abortion 

Also known as the abortion pill, medical abortion incorporates two different drugs to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol. These drugs are only recommended to women up to 10 weeks pregnant or earlier. The potential side effects of medical abortion include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Other major risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion – which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Fever

Surgical Abortion 

A surgical abortion procedure involves dilating the opening to the uterus and using a small suction device to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. Some potential side effects of this procedure are bleeding, cramping, nausea, sweating, and feeling faint. Other major risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Uterine perforation 
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus

Step One: Pregnancy Confirmation

It is important to confirm your pregnancy with medical-grade pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. An ultrasound can tell you how far along you are to determine what type of abortion procedure you qualify for and alert you to any complications like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. 

Contact us to learn more about all your pregnancy options. We will first help you confirm your pregnancy with no-cost and confidential pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound. You are not alone.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.