While every woman’s experience can be unique, certain experiences are common for all women post-procedure, and your risk for complications and long-term effects may differ.

At Caring for Women Pregnancy Center, we aim to ensure you are well informed about your pregnancy options. We provide detailed information about your health and explain the various abortion procedures.

Although we do not perform or refer for abortions, we are committed to providing the necessary pregnancy information you need.

Physical Experience, Side Effects, and Risks

There are two types of abortion procedures: medical and surgical. What you will experience depends on which procedure you undergo.

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion, also known as “the abortion pill,” is one that uses drugs to terminate a pregnancy. Typically it’s performed at home using two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken with hours to days in between.

It’s FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation, so it’s only intended for earlier pregnancies.

During a medical abortion, you likely will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Other possible side effects of a medical abortion include vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping, headaches, diarrhea, fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting.

Many women report the pain of the abortion pill to be very severe, more so than they expected.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is conducted in a clinic or hospital setting and involves dilating the cervix to allow medical instruments to access the uterus and remove the pregnancy.

You’ll likely spend a few hours in a recovery room to check for heavy bleeding and complications. You may notice mild cramping and light bleeding for several days afterward.

Following a surgical abortion, you may encounter these risks to your physical health:

  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Infection

There is a rare risk of a condition known as Asherman’s syndrome, which leads to unusual, absent, or painful menstrual cycles, future miscarriages, and infertility but may be treated.

Get Informed

Caring for Women Pregnancy Center offers free After-Abortion Support for women who have undergone the procedure. We also offer free pregnancy tests if you think you may be pregnant.

We’re here for you to get the care and support you deserve. You can receive a confidential appointment in a safe environment by contacting us 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.