Abortion Risks

Abortion Risks

Both medication and surgical abortion come with numerous risks and side effects. You deserve to know about them before making your decision. If you have more questions about abortion, contact us today to talk with our team about this option.

Potential Risks Of Medication Abortion
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
In-Clinic Surgical Abortion risks include:
  • heavy bleeding
  • incomplete abortion
  • infection
  • organ damage
  • emboli
  • anesthesia complications
  • Rh sensitization
The later term abortions carry the highest risks. A client advocate 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:

  • pre-term birth
  • low birth weight
  • placenta previa
To learn more about emotional risks after abortion, check out our After Abortion Care page, or make an appointment to talk with someone at Options for Women about your options, procedures, and short and long-term risks of abortion.


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