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How Will Abortion Affect Me Physically?

How Will Abortion Affect Me Physically?

Abortion, like any serious medical procedure, can have physical effects on a woman’s body. The extent and nature of these effects depend on the type of abortion procedure, the individual’s health, and how far along the pregnancy is at the time of the abortion.

You don’t have to face this alone and we’re here to tell you that you do have options. Contact us at First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center for a no-cost appointment so that you can make a choice that leaves you with confidence.

Side Effects and Risks of a Medical Abortion

A medical abortion uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy and then expel it through the uterus and out of the vagina with cramping and bleeding.

These drugs are typically taken at home without direct medical supervision, so it’s essential to distinguish between side effects and potential risks.

Side effects of the abortion pill refer to discomforting physical reactions you may experience after taking the pills, such as:

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

Along with side effects, there are various risks and complications to consider such as:

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

What Is a Surgical Abortion and What Are The Risks?

A surgical abortion is a medical procedure in which a trained healthcare professional terminates a pregnancy by physically removing the fetus from the uterus. This is typically done in a clinic or hospital setting. There are various methods of surgical abortion, including suction aspiration and dilation and curettage (D & C), depending on the gestational age and specific circumstances.

There are other risks of surgical abortion you should be aware of, such as:

  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Infection
  • Perforation of the uterus, which happens when the medical instruments poke a hole in the uterus

The Support You Need

First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center can provide information and resources for your unexpected pregnancy, such as pregnancy testing, same-day ultrasound referrals, and STD testing. Reach out to us today to take advantage of our no-cost appointments.

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