Every woman’s body and abortion experience is unique, but there are common risks of abortion that you should know before making a decision.

If you’re wondering what happens to your body after an abortion, keep reading. A woman could experience incomplete abortion, fever, or infection after an abortion.

Risks to Each Type of Abortion

Risks vary based on what type of abortion you have. It’s important to note that the FDA recommends that only women through 10 weeks of pregnancy have a medical abortion.

1. Medical Abortion

Also known as the abortion pill, medical abortion involves significant physical risks, including the following:

  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

You’ll always have abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding with a medical abortion. Other side effects include nausea (with or without vomiting), fever, chills, diarrhea, or headaches.

2. Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is much more invasive than medical abortion. It’s a surgical procedure that terminates an existing pregnancy through suctioning, surgical tools, and drugs.

Some common risks of surgical abortion include the following:

  • Damage to the uterus or cervix
  • Uterine perforation
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the drugs or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)

Before An Abortion

If you’re thinking about abortion, it’s important first to get pregnancy confirmation to know if you are eligible for abortion. We at the Pregnancy Care Center provide free and confidential pregnancy testing.

If you qualify, we also offer ultrasounds by a licensed OB/GYN or Sonographer.

Contact us today to get answers about abortion and all the information you need to make a confident, empowered decision about your pregnancy. You are not alone.