Every woman is unique, and her experience with abortion will vary depending on many factors—such as the type of abortion she receives, risk factors, etc.

This article will explore the different ways that abortion might affect you physically. But if you’re looking for free pregnancy resources or more information about your options, contact Stillwater Life Services today.

How You Might Feel Physically After an Abortion

There are two types of abortion: medical (also known as the “abortion pill”) and surgical, and each type of abortion will affect you differently.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion involves taking two powerful drugs at home. After taking these drugs, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. The pain can range from mild to excruciating.

You might also experience a risk, which is rare but potentially life-threatening and includes:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus (this can quickly lead to an infection)
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is done in a clinic. The procedure involves dilating the cervix so that medical instruments (like strong suction and scraping instruments) can enter the uterus to terminate and remove the pregnancy.

Physical risks associated with surgical abortion include:

  • Uterine perforation (which is when one of the medical instruments pokes a hole in your uterus)
  • Uterine scarring (which can lead to painful periods or future infertility)
  • Cervical damage
  • Infection

How to Protect Your Health

Before making a pregnancy decision, it’s essential to take the following steps to protect your health:

  • Learn all you can about your pregnancy options, which include parenting, adoption, and abortion. This will ensure you’re making a fully informed decision.
  • Get an ultrasound. This scan will give you the information you need before making any pregnancy decision.

At Stillwater Life Services, we offer free, limited ultrasounds and the space to explore your options in a safe environment—because we believe you deserve everything you need to stay safe and make an educated decision.

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.