As with any significant medical procedure, an abortion carries potential risks. Understanding what to expect is crucial for recognizing when to seek further medical attention. While bleeding and cramping are common with all abortions, how can you tell if it’s excessive?

Ensure you’re informed by getting accurate information from Caring for Women Center. Schedule a free appointment today.

Signs of Infection

Abortion is a serious procedure with risks and side effects. For instance, both medical abortion and surgical abortion cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding.

Infection is one of the major risks of either type of abortion. We’ll inform you of what to look for in each case.

Signs that urgent medical care is needed after a medical abortion include:

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours)
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Signs that urgent medical care is needed after a surgical abortion include:

  • Bleeding that’s heavy enough that you need to change pads every hour
  • Lasting dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fever
  • Cramps lasting more than 48 hours
  • Pain that gets worse instead of better
  • Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina

Protect Your Health

If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you deserve to get all the facts surrounding your options and pregnancy services tailored to help you receive the answers you’re seeking.

Caring for Women Center provides pregnancy tests, peer counseling, after-abortion support, and more to help you feel equipped when it comes to your pregnancy.

Contact us to make a free and confidential appointment today.

*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.