When contemplating abortion, you may have many questions and concerns. Researching this option will help you feel more confident and equipped to make a decision.

You deserve to understand all the risks of this medical procedure.

What Are the Physical Risks?

Physical risks come with both types of abortion procedures: medical abortion and surgical abortion. 

Medical Abortion Risks

Also known as the abortion pill, medical abortion is a series of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. The physical risks associated with a medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion Risks

A more invasive type of abortion, a surgical abortion, works by dilating the cervix and using medical instruments to remove the pregnancy and related tissue. Common physical risks of this type of abortion include: 

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

Mental Health Risks

Mental health impacts our lives, everyday activities, and relationships. Studies show that at least some women experience negative mental health impacts after abortion. 

According to a recent research study on prolonged grief after a miscarriage or abortion, “A significant number of those experiencing a reproductive loss exhibit signs of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.” Other mental health conditions attributed to reproductive loss include subsequent relationship problems, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation.

Find Out More

Though abortion may seem like a simple procedure to end an unplanned pregnancy, there are major risks to consider. To learn more about abortion and the risks, talk with us in a safe and confidential environment today. 

PSIC client advocates can listen to your concerns, discuss your options, and answer any questions. 

Schedule a free appointment to find clarity. You are not alone.