Abortion Risks


Risks of Abortion
All medical procedures come with side effects.  Abortion is no different. As you review your options, it is important to evaluate side effects may occur with an abortion, whether surgical or by pill. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Abortion also carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection, and damage to organs.

Some additional complications may include:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete Abortion
  • Damage to the Cervix
  • Scarring of the Uterine Lining
  • Perforation of the Uterus
  • Damage to Internal Organs
  • Death
  • Abortion and Preterm Birth for future pregnancies
  • Links to Abortion and Breast Cancer
  • Emotional and Psychological Impact of Abortion123
There is evidence to suggest that abortion is linked to both your physical and mental health. For some women these emotions may be very strong, and can appear within days or may not appear until after many years. This psychological response is best described as a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Possible symptoms may include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Long-term grief
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks of abortion
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Spiritual Consequences4

Risks of the Abortion Pill
In order to qualify for the abortion pill method, it’s important to ensure that your pregnancy is no further along than 10 weeks. The only way to know this for sure is to get an ultrasound. (Click here for an appointment)

Lack of Access to Treatment
Medical abortions are most commonly completed at home, meaning most women expel their pregnancy without medical supervision. While the abortion pill seems fairly straightforward, it’s still a serious medical procedure and can lead to serious health complications. To learn more about the abortion pill schedule an appointment today

The abortion pill will cause some bleeding and cramping as it terminates the pregnancy. In addition to this normal bleeding, hemorrhaging and excessive bleeding may occur. While hemorrhaging related to the abortion pill is relatively rare, the result of this complication is harmful to your health.5

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
The abortion pill can lead to an increased risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) if taken while infected with Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection. Symptoms and side effects of PID can include future infertility, abscesses, and chronic pain. 6If you’re considering abortion, it’s important to determine whether or not you have an STI before making a choice for your pregnancy. Schedule your free STI testing today at TruCare.

Mental and Physical Health Complications
Like any medical procedure, abortions can pose a risk to your physical and emotional health. It’s important to learn all the facts before choosing an abortion procedure. Many women experience new or triggered mental health issues following their abortions. These conditions can include anxiety, depression, or trauma-related symptoms.4

If you are considering an abortion, it’s important to address the potential risks. At TruCare, you will find a safe environment to share your concerns and talk through these risks with someone that has been there before. Please note that we do not offer or refer for abortions. However, we are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks. Make your confidential appointment today to discuss your options.