Many women choose abortion hoping it will have the smallest impact on their lives as possible. They plan to be able to move onto their normal life quickly following the abortion procedure.
It’s important to remember that abortion is a serious medical procedure and it’s best to have realistic expectations for yourself during this process.
While some women will be able to return to work and normal social activities quickly, others face unexpected physical and emotional side effects that can get in the way of normal life for extended periods of time.
Whether you are considering an abortion or recovering from a recent procedure, here’s what to expect during this time:
The Physical Side Effects and Risks of Abortion
Physical side effects from an abortion procedure are nearly unavoidable. Many women experience some combination of bleeding, cramping, nausea, chills, fever, and more.
These physical side effects can go away in just days or weeks, potentially allowing you to go back to your normal physical activities. However, in addition to these common side effects, some women experience more serious, long-term risks related to their abortion procedures.
These risks can include the following:
- Blood clots
- Pelvic infection
- Incomplete abortion
- Heavy bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Perforation of the cervix
- Perforation of the uterine wall
- Complications related to anesthesia
These issues can cause physical disruptions to your daily life for years to come, especially if not treated immediately. If you’re experiencing any unusual side effects related to your abortion, talk to your doctor today!
Emotional Side Effects of Abortion
In addition to the above physical side effects, some women experience lasting emotional side effects related to their abortion procedures.1
These can include the following conditions:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Low self-esteem
- Emotional detachment
- Substance abuse
Struggling after your abortion? There’s help available!
If you are experiencing abortion-related trauma, there’s hope and healing available to you.
While it may be tempting to hide the pain you’re experiencing, it’s important to know there is a safe place for you to share your emotional struggles and move towards the freedom and happiness you once knew.
Project Rachel is a compassionate, confidential place where you can share your abortion grief, find helpful ways to process all the emotions related to your pregnancy loss, learn new coping skills and find the healing you deserve. Call or text today at: 913-621-2199 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org in Kansas or in Missouri: 816-591-3804 and email: email@example.com.
You are worth it and you deserve it!
- Coleman, PK, “Abortion and Mental Health: Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published 1995-2009,” BJP 2011; 199:180-186