Abortion Risks

You matter. Know the facts.

Abortion Risks

You matter. Know the facts.

When making an important decision, it is extremely important that you have all of the accurate facts before you make your decision. You matter and your health is important to us.

Every medical procedure, including abortion, carries the risk of complications.

There are many different types of abortion procedures. Make an appointment today to talk about what abortion procedures are used in each stage of pregnancy, and the risks and side effects associated with each procedure.

In order for you to make the best-possible informed decision, you need to know about all of the risks before you decide. Some risks are immediate, some are long-term (meaning they can show up in your future), and some are psychological. Know your facts before you make a decision.

common side effects

Most women experience some of the following after an abortion:

  • Bleeding – on average bleeding lasts 14 days but can last as long as 21 days.1,2
  • Cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea/Vomiting

These symptoms typically resolve within a week, sometimes longer.

immediate complications

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion, requiring a (additional) surgical abortion procedure
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Sepsis or Septic shock
  • Uterine perforation
  • Death

Schedule an appointment with BFR Medical and meet with a health care professional to discuss all your options.

psychological and mental health

  • Research suggests that women who have had abortions may be at increased risk for mental health problems.3
  • “Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion.”4
  • Some women who have experienced an abortion report symptoms similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.5 Some of those symptoms may include:
    • Regret
    • Grief
    • Sadness/Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Guilt/Shame
    • Suicidal thoughts

If you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important for your emotional and physical health that you not ignore them. Contact us today.

1Davis A, Westhoff C, De Nonno L (2000). Bleeding patterns after early abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol or manual vacuum aspiration. J Am Med Womens Assoc 55(3 Suppl):141-4

2 Harwood B, Meckstroth KR, Mishell Dr, Jain JK (2001). Serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin levels and endometrial thickness after medical abortion. Contraception 63(4):255-6.

3 Fergusson DM, Horwood LJ, Ridder E (2006). Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health. J Child Psychol Psyc 47(1):16-24.

4 Coleman, PK (2011). “Abortion and mental health: quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995-2009.” Br J Psych, 199: 180-6.

Coyle CT, Coleman PK, Rue VM (2010). Inadequate preabortion counseling and decision conflict as predictors of subsequent relationship difficulties and psychological stress in men and women. Traumatology 16(1):16-30.

Schedule an appointment with BFR Medical and meet with a health care professional to discuss all your options.

You are not alone. Talk with our licensed medical professionals today.
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