Like any medical procedure, abortion comes with risks — both physical and emotional. It’s important to know and understand these risks before choosing an abortion procedure.
Physical Risks and Side Effects:
The physical side effects of abortion vary, depending on the type of abortion procedure that is done. For example, possible side effects of surgical abortions include:
Damage to the womb or cervix
Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
Scarring inside of the uterus
Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus)
Not removing all of the tissue, with the need for another procedure
We can discuss these risks in more depth during your consultation as needed.
Emotional Risks and Side Effects:
An abortion presents emotional risks as well. While some women may experience relief after an abortion, others wrestle with negative feelings whether short-term or long-term. Psychologists have labeled this emotional reaction post-abortion syndrome.
Feelings associated with post-abortion stress include:
Difficulty maintaining relationships
Increased alcohol and drug abuse
If you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help. Our Child Loss Support counselors can provide safe and supportive care for you.
Please note that we do not offer or refer for abortions. However, we are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks. Make your confidential appointment today to discuss your options.
Abiding Hope is a trusted, non-profit resource center for women and families, serving communities in Madison and North Buncombe Counties.
At Abiding Hope, we take into consideration the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
Abiding Hope, Inc does not offer abortions or referrals, STI testing, annual exams, birth control devices, mid-life services, mammograms or breast screenings, in-vitro fertilizations services, pre or post-natal care, treatment of infertility, or medical treatment.