Depending on the type of abortion procedure that’s used, risks can vary but may include the following:
- 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
Other risks include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
What Should I Do Before An Abortion?
- Speak to a professional about risks, complications, and impacts
- Have a complete physical exam
- Provide a list of any currently used medications
- State any current or past medical conditions/history
- Confirm pregnancy with quality pregnancy test and ultrasound
A complete physical is important for your provider to understand your health and if there are any past or present conditions they should be aware of before an abortion. Also, discussing with your physician any currently used medications is important. Sometimes stopping or altering how they are taken can be necessary before medical procedures.
Lastly, confirming your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound is important to understand all your options.
Why Do I Need to Understand Risks and Complications?
Women contemplating abortion deserve to understand the risks, complications and impacts abortion may have on them and their health. The Mayo Clinic states, “Talk with your health care provider to get answers to your questions, help you weigh alternatives, and consider the impact the procedure may have on your future.”
Additionally, many abortion procedures are outpatient, and you are responsible for understanding when a complication may arise and when it is necessary to contact your physician or emergency services.
Again, complication manifestations can vary depending on the type of abortion used. However, some signs and symptoms may include:
- Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Fever lasting more than 24 hours
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Other manifestations may be:
- Pain, swelling, or redness in the genital area
- Vomiting lasting more than 4 to 6 hours
- Signs of infection in your whole body, such as headache, muscle aches, dizziness, or a general feeling of illness. Severe infection is possible without fever.
Who Can I Speak With?
Contact us today for more information on your options or clarity on how abortion may impact you. You are worthy of supportive care while you weigh all your options and make a decision that’s right for you and your story.
We are here to provide you with answers but also to provide you with a safe place to gain the resources you seek.
In addition to options counseling, we provide cost-free pregnancy testing and ultrasound. All services and appointments are free and confidential. We’re here for you every step of the way.