Abortion Risks and Side Effects
Abortion Pill Side Effects
Cramping and bleeding are expected when you have an abortion. With the abortion pill, bleeding may be like a heavy period and can last three weeks or possibly up to 30 days.
Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness, and headache.
Abortion Pill Risks
The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential risks of taking the abortion pill:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
The abortion pill is not the same as emergency contraception. Plan B OneStep also called “the Morning After Pill,” is used to prevent pregnancy. The abortion pill is used to end an existing pregnancy.
Surgical Abortion Side Effects
Side effects of a surgical abortion include cramping and bleeding. Since surgical procedures are more invasive, you could also experience fatigue, soreness, nausea, and diarrhea. The use of anesthesia can cause someone to feel dizzy or disoriented too.
Surgical Abortion Risks
The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential risks of surgical abortion:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
Abortion Is Just One Option
You have three options for your unplanned pregnancy: abortion, making an adoption plan, and parenting. Before you make a decision, we recommend you learn as much as possible about every option.
At Choices, we offer no-cost options consultations. We can review abortion procedures, side effects, and risks, as well as your other choices.
You matter to us, and we want you to be able to make an empowered choice. Schedule an appointment to talk with a client mentor.