While there are numerous abortion methods, you should be aware of the associated side effects and risks of each. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s wise to do your research to be confident that you are making an informed decision. 

For example, some of the side effects you can expect after an abortion are:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Cramping

What are the most common symptoms after an abortion?

While medical and surgical abortions have some different risks, side effects can occur, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Additionally, the following side effects always occur:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding

It’s wise to reach out to a trusted healthcare provider or pregnancy center so they can help you understand any potential complications that may arise. Depending on the procedure you’ve had, there are a few signs to watch out for that could indicate something’s not quite right:

  • Heavy bleeding that requires changing pads every hour
  • Lasting dizziness or feeling lightheaded
  • Developing a fever
  • Cramps that persist for more than 48 hours
  • Pain that gets worse instead of better
  • Noticing a foul-smelling discharge from the vagina

How Will This Affect My Mental Health? 

The National Library of Medicine states, “Some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”

How this may affect your mental health should be considered if you have struggled with mental health conditions in the past. 

Although some women may feel relieved after an abortion procedure, the Mayo Clinic states that women may also feel guilt, loss, and sadness.

Women who have an abortion are statistically more likely to struggle with negative self-esteem, depression, and substance abuse.

Next Steps

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