What Happens to Your Body After an Abortion?

If you are considering an abortion, it makes sense that you would want to understand how the procedure will affect your body. Factoring the effects abortion will have on your body into the decision is a good way to start weighing your options.


Effects experienced by women after an abortion can vary by the procedure used and how far along the pregnancy is.


Physical Side Effects

Side effects are unintended reactions to the procedure that are well-known and commonly occur. After a medical or surgical abortion, a woman can expect to experience the following:

●     Nausea

●     Vomiting

●     Fever

●     Chills

●     Diarrhea

●     Headache

●     Abdominal cramping

●     Vaginal bleeding


Physical Complications

Complications are issues that might come up after a procedure. They require medical attention to resolve. Signs and symptoms that a woman needs medical intervention after an abortion include:

●     Bleeding that’s heavy enough that you need to change pads every hour

●     Lasting dizziness or lightheadedness

●     Fever

●     Cramps lasting more than 48 hours

●     Pain that gets worse instead of better

●     Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina


Mental Health Effects

When weighing the effects of abortion, don’t discount the mental health effects. Women receiving an abortion are at risk of struggling with their mental health. While some women may only feel relief after an abortion, others may feel regret, anger, grief, guilt, shame, or loss. These feelings may occur immediately following an abortion or take months or even years to surface.


Some mental health struggles that are common among women who have experienced an abortion include the following:

●     Anxiety

●     Depression

●     Substance use disorder

●     Suicidal thoughts or behaviors


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Gathering information about abortion procedures before deciding the outcome of your pregnancy is a great way to ensure your safety and make a decision you won’t regret. For more information about abortion and your other options, call or text us at (858)397-1970 for a no-cost appointment.

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