Are there after effects from abortion?

I'm just feeling off

You could experience physical and/or emotional side effects.

Many women are curious how they might feel physically and emotionally after an abortion.

Abortion is an elective procedure that either involves surgery or several rounds of very strong medication. When putting your body through that you can experience mild or severe after effects, both physical and emotional.

Physical after effects usually occur within a few hours or days. Some are anticipated as a result of having an abortion and include abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, spotting and bleeding. More serious side effects occur as a result of a complication during the abortion and may include heavy or persistent bleeding, infection or sepsis, damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of uterus, damage to other organs and death.

Have you had an abortion?

Emotional after effects may occur immediately or surface years after the abortion. 90% of women suffer from emotional after effects*, and may include:

  • Bouts of crying and depression
  • Regret
  • Guilt
  • Grief or sadness, depression
  • Anger or rage, emotional numbness
  • Sexual problems or promiscuity
  • Eating disorders
  • Lowered self-esteem/loss of confidence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal urges
  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Flashbacks
  • Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
  • Fear of pregnancy
We Can Help

Whether you experienced an abortion recently or many years ago, you can contact our Hearts of Hope representative   We care about your heart and are here to give you hope! You can call or contact us confidentially at any time.

Do you think you might be pregnant?

If you think you might be pregnant the first step verify the pregnancy. The Pregnancy Resource Center will perform a medical grade, urine pregnancy test and a first trimester ultrasound, while consulting with you in a compassionate and confidential environment.  All services are provided free of charge.