Recovering after an abortion looks different for every woman. Some find that they can return to day-to-day life quickly, while others may struggle physically.
While no one can predict how you will feel, you can educate yourself on the side effects and possible risks of each abortion procedure. This information will allow you to decide whether this is the right option.
Understanding Medical Abortion
Medical abortion is typically performed in early pregnancy, using two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which sustains the pregnancy, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.
Typically, women can expect to experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping, ranging from mild to severe. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, and you know your body best. You may use over-the-counter pain relief medications, or your medical provider may prescribe something stronger. Other side effects that may occur include:
There are risks associated with having a medical abortion. The chances of these happening are low, but being informed is good. They include:
- Digestive system discomfort
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Incomplete abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
If you are experiencing symptoms of something more serious, such as heavy bleeding or a fever lasting more than 24 hours, seek medical attention immediately.
How Painful is Surgical Abortion?
Surgical abortion involves using a mix of medications, surgical instruments, and a gentle suctioning technique to end and remove a pregnancy. It is usually performed later on in pregnancy.
Like medical abortion, surgical abortion can cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. But the risks, although rare, can be severe and result in long-term complications. They include:
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Perforation of the uterus
If you notice signs of something serious such as heavy bleeding, worsening pain, or continual dizziness, it’s best to go to the emergency room immediately. Protect your health and be proactive when you realize something is amiss.
You don’t have to learn about your pregnancy options alone. Life Light Pregnancy Help Center offers free and confidential mentoring to discuss what’s available to you. We also provide pregnancy tests and ultrasound referrals.
Contact us today to learn more. We’re here for you.
Life Light does not refer for or provide abortions, abortion services, or the abortion pill.