Medical abortion and surgical abortion each present side effects and risks, including bleeding, infection, and incomplete abortion. As you consider the next best step for your health, learning more can help you make an informed decision. It can also help you manage your risks.

Does Abortion Have Physical Health Risks?

There are different types of elective abortion, including the abortion pill, vacuum aspiration, and dilation and evacuation. Since they are serious medical procedures, they do have physical health risks. 

The Abortion Pill

Physical health risks of medical abortion (the abortion pill) may include: 

  • Incomplete abortion, that could lead to a surgical abortion 
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Cramping
  • Vomiting

Surgical Abortion

Risks of surgical abortion may include: 

  • Could cause cut or torn cervix, perforation of wall of uterus
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection

Does Abortion Have Mental Health Risks?

According to the Mayo Clinic, an abortion is “a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences.” 

Many women experience a range of emotions when making a decision about a pregnancy. It’s not unusual to feel a mix of  stress and anxiety during this time.

How Can I Manage My Risks?

You are your own best advocate! To manage your risks, here are some important next steps.

1. Confirm how long you have been pregnant.

The FDA warns against taking mifepristone (the abortion pill) after 70 days of pregnancy, for example. 

For your health, get a pre-abortion ultrasound to know for sure how long you have been pregnant. 

2. Make sure your pregnancy is located within the uterus.

If your pregnancy is unexpectedly ectopic, that is an urgent medical issue, and you should not have a medical abortion. The ultrasound exam will inform you of the location.

3. Explore all aspects of your decision.

Because abortion is a major personal decision, the Mayo Clinic states, “If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications and alternatives.” 

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