How Does Abortion Affect My Body?

An unintended pregnancy is a lot to take in initially. You might feel unprepared, overwhelmed, or unsupported by your partner, family or even your friends. For many women, abortion is the first option that comes to mind because of these factors. However, it is still a medical procedure that you need to understand the facts about beforehand. If you’re considering abortion for your unintended pregnancy, here’s how it might affect your body.

How could abortion affect my body physically?

As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of complications after an abortion procedure. The further along you are, the higher the risk for complications. Possible complications following an abortion include:

  • Infection of the womb
  • An incomplete abortion
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Uterine perforation
  • Septic shock

While they are not common, these risks are possible and are usually preceded by fever, excessive bleeding, strong-smelling vaginal discharge, chills, or severe abdominal pain different from cramping.

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How could abortion affect my body mentally?

Dozens of studies have been published detailing different aspects of the link between abortion and declined mental health in women. At Turning Point, we recognize mental health is as important as physical health, and so understanding the possible mental health effects of abortion is vital to making the best decision for you. Potential mental health risks of an abortion include:

  • Feelings of regret, guilt, anger or shame
  • Deep sense of loneliness
  • Isolating yourself
  • Inability to sleep or having nightmares
  • Issues within relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

Abortion can affect each woman differently, so your overall mental health will determine how likely it is that you would experience the above risks. Understanding that they are possible, however, helps you to be more confident in the choice you make for your physical, mental and emotional health.

If you’re experiencing an unintended pregnancy and aren’t sure what to do, Turning Point can help. We offer no-cost medical and support services to get you the care you need to make an empowering choice for you. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (619) 331-3993 or texting (858) 822-9335.