It can be challenging to determine how you’ll feel after any medical procedure, including abortion. Recovery often depends on your side effects, unique medical needs, and specific situations.
Abortion does have side effects all women experience, as well as possible risks. Knowing these details will help you make a clear pregnancy decision.
Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic’s no-cost, confidential services for those with unplanned pregnancies help you secure the information you need during the decision-making process.
Side Effects of Abortion
In Florida, abortion is banned after six weeks gestation. You can only have an in-state abortion (such as a D & E) after this gestational age if you are a victim of rape or incest or if a provider determines your health is at risk.
Medical abortion is FDA-approved through ten weeks of gestation. The process uses mifepristone and misoprostol to end the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy tissue from the body.
If you have a medical abortion, you will have some degree of vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. These side effects range from mild to severe, depending on your situation. The amount of discomfort you feel also hinges on your pain tolerance.
Some women also experience headaches, diarrhea, fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Medical abortion-related risks are possible and include:
- Digestive system discomfort
- Heavy, prolonged bleeding
- Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
- An ongoing pregnancy (if the medications don’t work)
Ultrasound determines your pregnancy’s viability, gestational age, and location–all information you need to make an informed decision and protect your health. Options counseling will educate you on possible pregnancy decisions–abortion, adoption, and parenting.
No-Cost, Confidential Care
Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic is a medical facility with services performed by trained nurses. We don’t provide or refer for abortions; instead, we provide the resources you need to make an empowered pregnancy decision.
Contact us today to book an appointment or learn more about our telehealth services. We’re here for you every step of the way.