How will abortion affect me physically?

The physical effects of an abortion can be serious. As you determine what’s the right choice for you with an unexpected pregnancy, know the facts. Abortion comes with both risks and side effects, such as infection and bleeding.

When considering an abortion, there are steps to take beforehand to safeguard your health. We offer free and confidential pregnancy services so you can get clarity about your pregnancy and confirm your options.

Common Side Effects

According to the Mayo Clinic, surgical abortion comes with side effects, including blood clots, cramping, nausea and vomiting, sweating, and feeling faint.

Some side effects of a  medical abortion include nausea and vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, and headaches.

Common Risks of Abortion

A study by the National Library of Medicine shows there is a risk for serious, long-term health effects of abortion. Whether it’s medical or surgical abortion, both share these physical risks:


An infection could be a result of abortion. This may happen if there is a failure to use medical precautions before an abortion procedure, like hand washing, using surgical gloves, and using non-sterile instruments.

Infection could happen if a woman had unknown pre-existing conditions, like cervicitis or endometritis.

Incomplete Abortion

An incomplete abortion occurs if the abortion does not completely remove the pregnancy from the uterus. The NHS shares it as “needing another procedure to remove parts of the pregnancy that have stayed in the womb: this happens to about 70 out of 1,000 women.”

Signs or symptoms of incomplete abortion typically occur with moderate to severe vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain, and pelvic pain. Serious health risks can occur if not treated immediately.

Heavy & Prolonged Bleeding

Even though heavy bleeding is typically a side effect of abortion, there may be excessive and prolonged amounts of bleeding. Seeking immediate medical help is vital if experiencing severe bleeding — soaking more than two thick pads within an hour.

Confirm Your Pregnancy Details

Knowing where your pregnancy stands is the first step of your pregnancy journey. We can help. Our center offers no-cost and private pregnancy services and support.

Our safe and non-judgmental team is here to educate you more about all your pregnancy options. Take one day at a time.

Schedule a no-cost Informational meeting regarding abortion facts and confirm your pregnancy. Get clarity about your pregnancy and options before you get an abortion.

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