How Will Abortion Affect Me Physically?

Abortion recovery looks different for every woman, depending on the type of procedure they’ve had.

Learn more about what to expect if you are considering an abortion.

What Are the Common Abortion Side Effects?


Surgical abortions require an in-person visit to a clinic. Abortion providers perform the procedure while the patient is under anesthesia. According to the Mayo Clinic, typical side effects may last a few days and can include: 

  • Cramping
  • Spotting or light bleeding

Medication (also known as the abortion pill)

A medication abortion requires a series of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. One ends the pregnancy, and the other induces cramping to expel the fetus and pregnancy remnants. 

Bleeding and spotting can occur up to 30 days after the procedure. Other common side effects include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Are the Health Risks of an Abortion?

Risks of Surgical Abortion

The risks of surgical abortion may include the following:

  • Internal damage from one of the surgical instruments
  • Excessive bleeding that gets worse instead of better
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reaction to the medicines or anesthesia used
  • Not removing all of the tissue which would require another procedure

Risks of Medical Abortion

Potential risks of medical abortions include:

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

Your Future Health

While there are many potential known and expected side effects, abortion can also cause some complications to your future health: 

  • A 2013 study found that women who have had abortions are more than twice as likely to have a very early preterm delivery in future pregnancies.
  •  A surgical abortion can sometimes cause uterine scarring, making it difficult to get pregnant again, or cause complications in future pregnancies such as a low birth rate or premature birth.

Next Steps

Before making any decision, it’s essential to gather as much information as possible, such as verifying the pregnancy’s gestational age and location to ensure it is not ectopic

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the information, we offer no-cost options consultations allowing you to process your questions in a safe, compassionate environment.

Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation appointment or a referral for a no-cost, on-site ultrasound. We are here to help you! 

Every interruption is actually an opportunity for something beautiful to grow.