If you’re seeking an abortion, you might be wondering what the recovery period looks like and how your body will respond to the procedure. 

Whether you have a medical or surgical abortion, women can experience physical and sometimes even emotional side effects following the procedure. 

Common Side Effects 

Depending on how far along your pregnancy is, women seeking an abortion currently have two options: medical or surgical abortion. 

Medical abortions use a combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate pregnancies. Common side effects of medical abortions include:

  • Abdominal or stomach pain or uterine cramping
  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting

Reported side effects of surgical abortions include:

  • Mild cramping
  • Spotting or light bleeding

Risks of An Abortion

Serious risks following an abortion are rare, but they can and do still occur at times. 

Risks associated with medical abortion are incomplete abortion, prolonged bleeding, fever, and sepsis. Women who order the abortion pill online unknowingly put themselves at higher risk because they skip the pre and post-procedure appointments with their doctor. Some women are at higher risk for complications.

For surgical abortions, the risks include:

  • perforation of the uterus
  • damage to the cervix
  • scar tissue on the uterine wall

 Your doctor should schedule a follow-up appointment a few days after the abortion to see if the abortion is complete and assess any unusual symptoms. 

Do I Have Options?

Some women turn to abortion because they feel it is their only option. At Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic, our team of professionals will make sure you know all the options available so you can make a confident and educated decision. 

Your physical and emotional health matter to us, and you should never undergo a procedure out of fear. Get the information you need today by texting 707-272-3051. You’re not alone on this pregnancy journey.