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Abortion Risks & Side Effects Charleston, WV

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

Common Side Effects

Most women experience some of the following after an abortion 1:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Spotting/bleeding

Serious Potential Complications1

  • Heavy or persistent bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period
  • Infection or sepsis
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to other organs
  • Severe abdominal and back pain
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • Fever
  • Continuing symptoms of pregnancy
  • Death

Long-Term Health Risks

There is literature to support the possibility of these future healthcare risks 2:

  • Future Pre-term Deliveries
  • Breast Cancer
  • STDs and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Mental Health (see After Abortion Care tab – “Emotional Effects”)
  • Infertility & Future Childbearing

Abortion Reversal

If you have taken the first dose of the 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 Reversal Hotline at 877-558-0333 or an OB provider as soon as possible.

Are you considering abortion?  Are you unsure of your options?  Here at Cross Roads Pregnancy Care Center we specialize in helping you through the process.  Our onsite medical professionals will answer your questions in a caring and confidential way. We would be happy to serve you.


American Pregnancy Association (2019). Possible physical side effects after abortion. Retrieved from

Thorp, JM Jr., Hartmann, KE, Shadigian, E. (2003). Long-term physical and psychological health consequences of induced abortion; Review of the evidence. US National Library of Medicine, 58(1), Retrieved from

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