Side Effects of Abortion

The most common side effects of abortions are abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In most abortions, no serious complications occur; however complications may happen in as many as 1 out of every 100 early abortions and in about 1 out of 50 later abortions. Such complications may include:


Heavy Bleeding

Some bleeding after abortion is normal. There is, however, a risk of hemorrhage, especially if an artery is torn. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required.



Bacteria may get into the uterus from an incomplete abortion resulting in infection. A serious infection may lead to persistent fever over several days and extended hospitalization.


Incomplete Abortion

Some fetal parts may not be removed by the abortion. Bleeding and infection may occur. RU486 (The Abortion Pill) may fail in up to 1 out of every 20 cases.


Allergic Reaction To Drugs

An allergic reaction to anesthesia used during abortion surgery may result in convulsions, heart attack and in extreme cases, death.


Tearing Of The Cervix

The cervix may be cut or torn by abortion instruments. Even if it doesn’t tear, the artificial stretching of the cervix during any cervical procedure can leave cervical scar tissue that can lead to complications during future pregnancies.


Scarring Of The Uterine Lining

Suction tubing, curettes, and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining.


Perforation Of The Uterus

The uterus may be punctured or torn by abortion instruments. The risk of this complication increases with the length of the pregnancy. If this occurs, major surgery, including a hysterectomy, may be required.


Damage To The Internal Organs

When the uterus is punctured or torn, there is also a risk that damage will occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder.



In extreme cases, other physical complications from abortion including excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus, and adverse reactions to anesthesia may lead to death. This complication is very rare and occurs, on average, in less than 20 cases per year.


Emotional Difficulties

Immediately after an abortion, many women report initially feeling some sense of relief. As time goes on, second guessing the decision, regret, shame and sadness are often experienced. Some women find themselves extremely angry at themselves or others that did not support them to carry the pregnancy or forced the abortion upon them. Sometimes these feelings develop immediately, for others it is years and even decades later.


Please take your time in making this life changing and irreversible decision. Your circumstances may lead you believe you cannot go through with your pregnancy. However, take time to explore ALL the options without assuming abortion is your only choice.