As with any surgery or medical procedure, there are associated risks. An abortion is a major, medical procedure. There are two types of abortion: surgical and medical.
A surgical abortion procedure removes the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. It is typically done using suction and a sharp, spoon-shaped tool (curet). A medical abortion involves taking medication early in the pregnancy to abort the fetus.
With surgical abortions, most complications are considered minor, such as:
- Post-anesthesia complications
Other risks are considered major, including:
The total abortion-related complication rate, including all sources of care such as emergency departments and the original abortion facility, is estimated to be about 2%. The incidence of abortion-related emergency department visits within six weeks of the initial abortion procedure is about 4%.
Potential risks of medical abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Our trained medical staff can answer other questions you may have regarding the risks associated with various abortion procedures.