Abortion Risks

& Side Effects

Abortion Risks

& Side Effects

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What Are the Risks & Side Effects of Abortion?

Before you have any elective procedure it’s important to know the potential impacts it could have on your body and future health.  Risks and side effects vary by the type of procedure and how far along you are. 

  • Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)

In-Clinic Surgical Abortion Risks Include

  • heavy bleeding
  • incomplete abortion
  • infection
  • organ damage
  • emboli
  • anesthesia complications
  • Rh sensitization
  • In extreme cases, death.

The later term abortions carry the highest risks.   A medical professional is available to discuss with you in further detail these procedures and potential short and long-term risks.

What Are the Potential Future Risks?

There is evidence of emotional, relational and even spiritual risks following an abortion procedure. Most women say they initially felt relief and looked forward to their lives returning to normal. But some women report negative emotions after abortion, that linger, unresolved. For others, problems related to their abortion emerge months or even years later.

After abortion, most women are able to become pregnant again.  However, abortion may increase the risk of complications that can impact future pregnancies and the health of future children.  Below are a few of the potential risks on future pregnancies and children:

  • Pre-Term Birth
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Placenta Previa

To learn more about emotional risks after abortion, check out our After Abortion Care page, or make an appointment to talk with someone at HOPE Pregnancy Center about your options.

Abortion Reversal

If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill (RU486 mifepristone) and are experiencing doubts about your abortion, it may be possible to reverse your abortion. Every hour since your first dose of the abortion pill matters, so it’s important to call the Abortion Pill Rescue Network hotline at 877-558-0333 immediately.

HOPE Pregnancy Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

We are committed to serving all women, men, and families regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic background, living situation, and health or immigration status.

Frequently Asked Questions

All the HOPE Center services are free of charge.

Approximately 45-60 minutes to allow you to ask questions and understand your options.

No, you may come in to the HOPE center alone or with a friend. Even though you are a minor, you have the right to confidential help, except in those cases where mandatory reporting applies, such as suicide risk. We will not provide your records to any person without written authorization from you.

The HOPE Center wants to make sure we have a special time set aside to talk with you, so it’s usually best to have an appointment. However, if you are unable to make an appointment, you may walk in Monday – Friday between 9:00 – 5:00 pm.

Yes! It’s important to have the support of friends or family during an uncertain time.

Any and all information shared with the HOPE Center will be kept in the strictest confidence except as required by Pennsylvania law or as required for the protection of yourself or others. You don’t have to worry if your family or friends will find out. We’ll do everything we can to protect your privacy.

What others are saying about HOPE Pregnancy Center

I went there worried and had a lot of mix feelings. After I finished talking with the counselor, I felt relieved... Talking with them makes me feel safe. Their services were 100% good.
Cadrin
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Zak
Warm welcoming. They greet you with open arms and make you feel comfortable at all cost. Hope pregnancy center is indeed the place to go.
Katera

What others are saying about HOPE Pregnancy Center

I went there worried and had a lot of mix feelings. After I finished talking with the counselor, I felt relieved... Talking with them makes me feel safe. Their services were 100% good.
Cadrin
This place is a beacon of hope - literally. The staff is so friendly and welcoming, they are compassionate, mindful and objective. I cannot offer up enough gratitude for their help.
Zak
Warm welcoming. They greet you with open arms and make you feel comfortable at all cost. Hope pregnancy center is indeed the place to go.
Shanice H.

You are not alone...You have HOPE!

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