The physical side effects after an abortion can vary from woman to woman and there are potential side effects and risks that you should be aware of.

Although serious complications occur in fewer than 1 out of 100 first trimester abortions and approximately 1 out of every 50 late term abortions, it is important to be aware of the following risks:

  • Heavy or persistent bleeding
  • Infection or sepsis
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to other organs
  • Death

It is important to understand that these risks are rare and that some of these risks are associated with child birth. What matters is that you are aware that these risks exist as you strive to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.

Severe abortion physical side effects

If you have had an abortion, call your doctor and seek medical attention if your side effects become severe or if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe abdominal and back pain that prohibits you from standing up
  • Bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • Fever above 100.4 F
  • Continuing symptoms of pregnancy

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