Abortion Risks

& Side Effects

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Before you have any elective procedure it’s important to know the potential impacts it could have on your body and future health.  Risks and side effects vary by the type of procedure and how far along you are.

Abortion pill risks include:

  • Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)

In-Clinic Surgical Abortion Risks Include:

  • heavy bleeding
  • incomplete abortion
  • infection
  • organ damage
  • emboli (blood clot, air bubble, fatty deposit, or other object which has been carried in the bloodstream to lodge in a vessel or in the lung)
  • anesthesia complications
  • Rh sensitization
  • In extreme cases, death.

The later term abortions carry the highest risks. Our staff is available to discuss with you in further detail these procedures and potential short and long-term risks.

What Are The Potential Future Risks?

There is evidence of emotional, relational and even spiritual risks following an abortion procedure. Most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal. But some women report negative emotions after abortion, that linger, unresolved. For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later.

After abortion, most women are able to become pregnant again.  However, abortion may increase the risk of complications that can impact future pregnancies and the health of future children.  Below are a few of the potential risks on future pregnancies and children:

  • Pre-Term Birth
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Placenta Previa

To learn more about emotional risks after abortion, check out our After Abortion Care page, or make an appointment to talk with someone at Hope Restored about your options.

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