Abortion Risks

What Are The Physical Risks Of Abortion?

Abortion risks include:

  • Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)

In-Clinic Surgical Abortion risks include:

  • heavy bleeding
  • incomplete abortion
  • infection
  • organ damage
  • emboli
  • anesthesia complications
  • Rh sensitization
  • in extreme cases, death.

The later term abortions carry the highest risks.

What are the potential future risks?

  • There is evidence of emotional, relational and even spiritual risks following an abortion procedure. Most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal. But some women report negative emotions after abortion, that linger, unresolved. For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later. After abortion, most women are able to become pregnant again.  However, abortion may increase the risk of complications that can impact future pregnancies and the health of future children.  Below are a few of the potential risks on future pregnancies and children:
    • pre-term birth
    • low birth weight
    • placenta previa
      To learn more about emotional risks after abortion, check out our After Abortion Care page, or make an appointment to talk with someone at Open Arms Pregnancy Center about your options, procedures, and short and long-term risks of abortion.

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