Navigating all the information on abortion while you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. One topic that often gets overlooked even by abortion clinics is how an abortion will impact your health and wellness.

At Caring for Women Pregnancy Center, we’re here to answer all your questions and offer you free services to help direct your journey. Get a free pregnancy test today and speak with our caring team of peer counselors about your options.

Continue reading to learn more about potential complications from an abortion.

Types of Abortion Procedures

There are two types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical abortion. Which one is available to you depends on the gestation age (how long you’ve been pregnant), current health, and potential allergies. 

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion uses drugs to terminate a pregnancy.  The first drug you will likely take at a clinic, and the second you will take at home. Despite being two drugs, this method is commonly referred to as the “abortion pill.”

The FDA approves medical abortion for the first ten weeks (70 days) of pregnancy.  

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion uses medications, instruments, and suction to terminate a pregnancy. It’s usually performed for pregnancies in their later stages. You will have to visit a hospital or abortion clinic for this method.

Side Effects & Physical Risks of Abortion

With a medical abortion, you can expect a series of side effects ranging from mild to severe, such as:

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

Medical abortion isn’t without its risks. You could experience:

  • An incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical abortion 
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • An ongoing pregnancy if it doesn’t work

With both surgical and medical abortions, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding.

The risks of a surgical abortion are a little more complex due to the invasiveness of the procedure. These include:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

These can result in the necessity for a second procedure to repair the damage, as well as, in rare cases, absent or painful menstrual cycles, future miscarriages, and infertility.

Get Informed And Prepared

These are just some of the serious health hazards that you want to be aware of before moving forward with an abortion. Get a free appointment with our experienced team to learn more about abortion and your other options here.

If you’ve already had an abortion, you may want to consult our after-abortion support. We provide a confidential and comfortable atmosphere for you to seek the care you need. 

*This blog is for informational purposes only. This facility is not a licensed medical facility. We do not offer, recommend, or refer for abortions or abortifacients; therefore, we receive no financial gain from your decision. We are committed to providing accurate information about pregnancy options, abortion procedure risks and alternatives, and after-abortion care