Women contemplating an abortion want to understand what they may experience after the procedure. Both physical and mental symptoms can be present and should be considered and thoroughly discussed with a trusted physician or pregnancy center.
Some of these signs and symptoms are:
- Breast engorgement and pain
- Mood Changes
What Will My Body Experience?
Depending on what type of abortion is used, medical or surgical, women may experience side effects such as:
- Abdominal cramping
- Vaginal bleeding
Additionally, it’s important to speak with a trusted provider or pregnancy center to understand complications that can occur and may be experienced. Depending on the type of procedure, some manifestations that are due to complications arising are:
- Bleeding that’s heavy enough that you need to change pads every hour
- Lasting dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cramps lasting more than 48 hours
- Pain that gets worse instead of better
- Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina
Finally, women who undergo abortions will experience common breast signs and symptoms such as “breast engorgement and tenderness.”
What Will My Mind Experience?
According to the Mayo Clinic, although some women will experience relief, they may also experience:
The National Library of Medicine states, “some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.”
Every woman has a different journey and can experience an array of emotions. It’s important to remember no emotion is “wrong,” and your feelings are valid and deserve to be noted. Speaking with a professional about your mental health and how an abortion might impact your mental wellness is important to help protect your health and happiness.
Who Can I Speak With?
Contact us today if you are considering an abortion and wish to know how this procedure may impact your wellness. Protecting your health and providing you with information to make an informed decision is important to us.
We believe you should leave no questions unanswered and have all your concerns discussed before making your choice.
If you have already had an abortion and are struggling with mental or physical impacts, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Together we will find the healing path forward.