Along with the many mental health risks of abortion, there are known to be painful side effects or risks of abortion. Every woman experiences an abortion differently, based on their pain tolerance, discomfort, or even complications. 

Pain With Abortion

Again, pain with abortion is unique to a woman’s pain tolerance. Pain management for abortion involves anesthesia and pain medication for aftercare.

For a surgical abortion, the abortion provider uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. The injection may be painful, but a woman will not feel anything in that area until it wears off. Some women choose general anesthesia for a surgical abortion, but it isn’t always offered, depending on the clinic. 

For pain during a medical abortion, medicine may be given during and after the medical abortion. Women may also be given antibiotics.

When to Seek Help

When considering abortion, it’s essential to understand the risks after such a serious procedure. Pain or discomfort after abortion may be normal, but it could also point to complications requiring immediate medical professional follow-up.

Get emergency medical care right away if you experience any of the following symptoms after an abortion procedure:

  • Severe bleeding 
  • Fever that lasts more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Your period doesn’t return after two months
  • Symptoms of pregnancy

Be Better Informed

You might still have many pressing questions about abortion or your other options. We’re here to discuss them all and offer free, confidential services and support. 

First, confirm your pregnancy with pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to determine your options, as medical abortion is only recommended for women through 70 days gestation. Also, confirm if you have any possible complications that require further medical attention.

Contact our team to learn more about what’s next for you. You are not alone!