ABORTION RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Before you have any elective procedure it’s important to know the potential impacts it could have on your body and future health. Risks and side effects vary by the type of procedure and how far along you are.
Abortion pill risks include:
Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)
In-clinic Surgical Abortion Risks Include:
In extreme cases, death
The later term abortions carry the highest risks. A medical professional is available to discuss with you in further detail these procedures and potential short and long-term risks.
What are the potential future risks?
There is evidence of emotional, relational, and even spiritual risks following an abortion procedure. Most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal. But some women report negative emotions after abortion, that linger, unresolved. For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later.
After abortion, most women can become pregnant again. However, abortion may increase the risk of complications that can impact future pregnancies and the health of future children. Below are a few of the potential risks on future pregnancies and children:
Low Birth Weight
To learn more about emotional risks after abortion, check out our After Abortion Care page, or make an appointment to talk with someone at about your options.
If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (RU486 mifepristone) and are experiencing doubts about your abortion, it may be possible to reverse your abortion. Every hour since your first dose of the abortion pill matters, so it’s important to call the Abortion Reversal Hotline at 877-558-0333 or to locate a provider near you as soon as possible.