Abortion is often marketed as a simple and safe procedure to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. While abortion-related risks are rare, you should be aware of them before deciding on a procedure. 

Infection is one of the more serious complications of abortion and can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system if not addressed promptly.  

If you have recently had an abortion, take a minute to read through the risks associated with the procedure to advocate for your health properly.

Risks of Abortion

Abortions are available in medication and surgical form, depending on how far along a pregnancy is and the woman’s unique health history. 

The risks associated with both medical and surgical abortions are: 

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall 

An infection is one of the most commonly reported complications of abortion. Signs of an infection include heavy bleeding, severe abdominal or back pain, fever lasting more than 24 hours, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge. 

When to Seek Help

Scheduling a follow-up appointment with your doctor after an abortion is vitally important in protecting your health. Even if you’ve had a medication abortion at home, a follow-up visit will allow your doctor to assess your symptoms and whether the drugs worked. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you must seek medical care promptly. 

Getting The Care You Deserve 

Choosing the best path to address an unexpected pregnancy is not easy. To make a confident and informed decision, you’ll need to educate yourself about all the options available and weigh the pros and cons of each. 

At Mendo Lakes Women’s Clinic, women can explore their pregnancy options in a friendly environment. 

Request a no-cost appointment today by simply texting 707-272-3051. Confidential and compassionate care is waiting for you.