How Will Abortion Affect Me Physically?

While it’s difficult to know how abortion will affect you physically, since each woman’s body is unique, abortion is generally associated with physical risks and side effects. 

Read on to learn more about how abortion could potentially affect you physically. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy options, contact The Open Door Pregnancy Center to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are free and confidential. 

Side Effects and Risks of Abortion

There are two main types of abortion: medical (also known as the “abortion pill”) and surgical. Both types of abortion will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. 

However, medical abortion might also cause the following side effects:

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

Since medical abortion drugs are taken at home, it’s essential to understand if you’re experiencing a side effect or a risk—which is more serious—because both side effects and risks can feel similar at first. Risks of a medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

The physical risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Cervical damage or scarring
  • Infection

Next Steps

It’s impossible to know how abortion will affect you physically, but being as informed as possible about the procedure and its risks can help you feel more prepared to make a decision moving forward. 

While this article explores the potential risks and side effects of abortion, certain factors can make you more likely to experience these risks. This is why it’s vital to schedule an ultrasound before seeking an abortion, as this simple scan will reveal the key information you need to stay safe.

At The Open Door Pregnancy Center, we offer free ultrasounds and other pregnancy resources that can help you feel supported as you decide how to move forward. Contact us, you’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.

*The Open Door Pregnancy Center believes you have a right to accurate information from a resource that will not profit from your pregnancy decision. We are an alternative resource that does not perform or refer for abortion. The information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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