If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, it’s understandable to be concerned about how it might affect you physically. Since abortion is a medical intervention, there are various side effects and risks that can occur.
Read on to learn more about abortion and its potential effects.
How Does Abortion Work?
Medical and surgical are the two main types of abortion.
Surgical abortion is a medical procedure that involves dilating (opening) the cervix so that a surgical device can go into the uterus to remove the pregnancy.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects?
With a medical abortion, the main risks and side effects that can occur are a result of the drugs that are involved.
The main side effects of mifepristone include nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, and dizziness. The primary side effects associated with misoprostol include bleeding, painful cramping and diarrhea.
With both drugs, the biggest risks include infection, incomplete abortion, and heavy bleeding.
The main risks associated with surgical abortion include cervical damage, uterine scarring (which can lead to painful periods or infertility), and infection.
Along with these physical risks and side effects, abortion can cause mental and emotional effects as well. Studies have shown that women who undergo an abortion after facing an unplanned pregnancy are more likely to suffer from mental health concerns, including depression.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel scary, but you’re not alone. We’re here for you as you consider your options.
At Options Medical Clinic, we offer free and confidential resources that can empower you to take the next steps. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in a caring, non-judgmental environment.