Is Abortion Painful?

Is Abortion Painful?

Everyone has a different understanding of their pain tolerance and what they can handle, and how you’ll feel in response to an abortion procedure is no exception. 

How painful abortion is depends on the individual woman and type of procedure. 

Will I Be in Pain During a Medical Abortion?

A medical abortion uses two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. Many women may experience some cramping and bleeding during the procedure, which is normal. The severity of these side effects can vary greatly.

Some of the side effects you can expect to experience during a medical abortion are: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

There are different ways to manage pain after a medical abortion. Remember to stay hydrated and rest following the procedure. Taking ibuprofen will also help to manage any pain.

Is Surgical Abortion More Painful?

Some women may be wondering whether surgical abortion is more painful than medical abortion. As surgical abortion is a more complicated procedure and typically performed later in a woman’s pregnancy, there are certain risks and side effects that could create a great deal of pain. 

Just as with medical abortion, surgical abortion is associated with bleeding and cramping, some of which may be quite intense. But there are other risks associated with this procedure that can cause particular pain and discomfort, such as: 

  • Damage to the cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

If you believe you are experiencing any of these complications, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. If left untreated, these complications can lead to serious health problems.

I Need to Know More About These Risks.

If you’re pregnant and would like to have options counseling or learn more about the risks of abortion, contact Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center today. We’d be happy to help you!