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Possible Side Effects of an Abortion

An abortion is the early ending of a pregnancy. It comes with possible physical side effects. It is important to talk to your health care provider as well as the one who performed the abortion about the side effects you may face. After an abortion, your period will return in about 4 to 6 weeks. You can really get pregnant as soon as your period returns. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed to prevent any infection.


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Physical side effects you may experience after an abortion

It is possible to experience some side effects after an abortion. These side effects may take as long as 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure. Here are some of the commonly experienced side effects of an abortion.

You may also experience some serious side effects. However these are rare. It may occur 1 out of every 100 first trimester abortions and 1 out of every 50 late-term abortions. Here are some of the serious side effects

  • heavy or persistent bleeding
  • infection or sepsis
  • scarring of uterine lining
  • perforation of the uterus
  • damage to the cervix
  • damage to other organs
  • death

It is essential to note that these risks are rare. Some of these risks are also associated with child-birth.


Call your doctor if you experience any of the side effects and or any of the following side effects .

  • foul-smelling discharge
  • fever above 100.4 F
  • severe abdominal and back pain that prevents you from getting up
  • bleeding that is heavier than normal menstrual period
  • still experiencing symptoms

Content Sources

Possible side effects of an abortion. American Association for reproductive medicine. Accessed June 10, 2015
Abortion. WebMD. Accessed June 10, 2015
Abortion – Surgical. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Accessed June 10, 2015

January 25, 2021 | 4:52 31    By oohs N coos    

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