Abortion Risks


Abortion, like all other surgical procedures,

has its inherent risks. These increase as the pregnancy progresses and with the use of sedation or general anesthesia.


  • an allergic reaction

  • blood clots in the uterus

  • incomplete abortion — part of the pregnancy is left inside the uterus

  • failure to end the pregnancy 

  • infection

  • injury to the cervix or other organs

  • undetected ectopic pregnancy

  • very heavy bleeding


  • very heavy bleeding — if you pass clots larger than a lemon or soak through more than two maxi pads an hour, for two hours or more in a row

  • severe pain or discomfort that is not helped by medication, rest, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad

  • chills and a fever of 100.4°F or higher after the day of the procedure

  • nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours

  • an unpleasant, smelly discharge from your vagina

  • signs that you are still pregnant


Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be very stressful, and the decision to have an abortion is not ususally taken lightly. It is common for men and women to experience the following:


  • bouts of crying

  • depression

  • guilt

  • inability to forgive yourself

  • intense grief / sadness

  • anger / rage

  • emotional numbness

  • sexual problems or promiscuity

  • eating disorders

  • lowered self esteem

  • drug and alcohol abuse

  • nightmares and sleep disturbances

  • suicidal urges

  • difficulty with relationships

  • anxiety and panic attacks

  • flashbacks

  • multiple abortions

  • pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy

  • discomfort around babies or pregnant women

  • fear / ambivalence of pregnancy