Physical Risks of Abortion

Surgical Abortion Risks





Though physical risks of abortion procedures are reported to be rare, it is important that you be informed about risks before any surgical procedure. See the various forms of surgical abortion procedures and their associated physical risks below:

Aspiration
  • Physical complications are infrequent
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion - likely to cause infection
  • Allergic reaction to any medications used
  • Organ damage - may include tearing, scarring, or perforation of the uterus/cervix

D & E

  • Incomplete abortion - likely to cause infection
  • Heavy bleeding- including hemorrhage if the uterine artery is perforated
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Organ damage - may include tearing, scarring, or perforation of the uterus/cervix
  • Risks increase with length of pregnancy

D & E after Viability

  • Increased risks to life and health of the mother- death is 1 per 11,000
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Heavy bleeding- including hemorrhage if the uterine artery is perforated
  • Embolism
  • Infection
  • Organ damage
Please be advised that A Hope Center is committed to giving accurate abortion education, but does not perform abortions or refer clients to abortion facilities.


Medical Abortion Risks

Pharmaceutical abortion drugs always have potential for side effects and other physical risks.

Side Effects may include abdominal pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness and fever/chills

Abortion Pill Risks-- Mifeprex, Mifepristone, RU486

  • Failed abortion
  • 1% require a D&C surgery to stop bleeding
  • Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
  • Infection (possibly life-threatening)
  • Continued pregnancy resulting in birth defects

Methotrexate

  • Failed abortion (Higher rates than RU486)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Continued pregnancy resulting in birth defects
  • Mouth ulcers

Misoprostol

  • Failed abortion (Higher rates than RU486)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Continued pregnancy resulting in birth defects

Other medical abortion methods used in second and third trimester

  • Hemorrhage
  • Need for a blood transfusion
  • D&C surgery for retained placenta
  • Uterine rupture
Please be advised that A Hope Center is committed to giving accurate abortion education, but does not perform abortions or refer clients to abortion facilities.