Every woman’s abortion experience will differ. 

However, we can share what abortion can do to the body in general. Here’s an overview of a few effects abortion can have on the body.

What Is Abortion?

Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy either through surgery or drugs. 

An abortion will cause a woman’s body to transition from being pregnant to not being pregnant. This transition will lead to various changes and effects at different stages.

During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body will undergo many changes, especially with hormones. These will lead to classic pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, breast tenderness, fatigue, and more. 

During Abortion                                          

During an abortion, you will go from being pregnant to ending the pregnancy. Medical and surgical abortion procedures are very different from one another.

Medical Abortion

If choosing medical abortion, you will take drugs to block progesterone and then expel the pregnancy from your body. This will come with abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. 

The bleeding, blood clots, and cramping can be heavy. Women also feel varying levels of pain, from similar to period pain to significant pain. 

After the procedure, you would follow up with a provider to ensure the abortion is complete and there are no complications.

Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is a surgical procedure that ends a pregnancy in a hospital or clinical setting.
First, a provider will dilate (open) your cervix, then use suction or tools to remove the pregnancy and related tissue. Typically, women are sedated or unconscious for this procedure, so there may not be any discomfort. 

After this procedure, you may have a few days of mild cramping and spotting or light bleeding. Because your uterus must build a new lining, your next period could be early or late.

Abortion Risks

Every procedure comes with side effects and risks, and abortion is the same.

While abortion may seem straightforward, it’s critical to consider the risks of each as they can have further, more severe impacts on the body. Some complications from abortion can be life-threatening. Read more about abortion risks here.

After Abortion

After abortion, you may experience a variety of emotions, from relief to sadness, loss, or guilt. Talking with a counselor can help you navigate these feelings. 

Additionally, your body will adjust back to non-pregnant hormonal levels.

Depending on how far along you were in your pregnancy during an abortion, you may experience breast symptoms such as milk leakage, tenderness, and pain.

Let’s Talk About it.

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You can receive no-cost pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to determine how far along you are, what procedures you’re eligible for, and rule out miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. This information is critical to protecting your health.

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