The physical side effects after an abortion will vary from woman to woman. It is important to talk to a health professional as well as the abortion provider who will perform your abortion about possible side effects. Your period should return about 4 – 6 weeks after the abortion and you can get pregnant again soon after the abortion. If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed in order to help prevent infection.
The following is a list of side effects that are frequently experienced after an abortion. It is possible to experience these side effects for as long as 2 to 4 weeks following the procedure.
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:
It is important to understand that these risks are rare and that some of these risks are associated with childbirth. What matters is that you are aware that these risks exist as you strive to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
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:
The emotional side effects of an abortion will vary from one woman to another. Emotional and psychological effects are more common than physical side effects and can range from relief to mild regret or to more serious complications like depression. It is important to discuss these risks with a trained professional who can address your questions and concerns. Abortion emotional side effects are just as real as physical side effects.
One important factor related to the vulnerability of negative emotional or psychological effects has to do with your belief about the baby inside. For those that believe it is not a baby until it is born, there is less of a chance of negative consequences. However for those who believe it is a baby versus just growing tissue they are more vulnerable for negative effects.
The following is a list of potential emotional and psychological side effects of an abortion. The intensity or duration of these effects will vary from one person to another.
Potential side effects include:
It is possible for anyone to experience an unexpected emotional or psychological side effect following an abortion. Women commonly report that the abortion procedure affected them more than they expected. However, some individuals are more susceptible to experiencing some type of emotional or psychological struggle and include: