While every woman’s individual abortion experience is unique to her, there are universal side effects and risks to consider. 

Before choosing abortion, it’s critical to learn all you can about this option and your pregnancy details to protect your health.

This article will explore the essentials you need to know to stay safe. But if you’re looking for free pregnancy resources or more information about all your pregnancy options, contact First Choice Georgia today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

What Are the Side Effects and Risks of Abortion?

There are two types of abortion, and each has different side effects and risks. 

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”) involves taking two powerful drugs that terminate and expel the pregnancy from your uterus and out through your vagina. 

After taking these drugs, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding—and some women have reported that they are surprised by the intensity of the pain. 

You might also experience the following side effects:

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

Risks are rarer than side effects, but they are also more severe. One of the main risks of medical abortion is an incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus. This can lead to a severe and potentially life-threatening infection and heavy and prolonged bleeding.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is performed in a clinic, and it involves using medical instruments (like strong suction and scraping tools) to terminate and remove the pregnancy from your uterus. 

The main 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 cause painful periods or future infertility)
  • Cervical damage
  • Infection 

How to Protect Your Health

If you’re considering abortion, it’s essential to protect your health by getting an ultrasound first. This simple scan will give you the key details you need to know about your pregnancy to stay safe and learn if you’re eligible for abortion. 

At First Choice Georgia, we offer free, limited ultrasounds and the space to ask questions and explore your options. You’re not alone as you navigate your options. We’re here for you.

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.