Abortion Side Effects and Risks

Be Informed – know the risks

Call us 410-377-2871  or Text Us 443-377-1983

Abortion Side Effects and Risks

Be Informed –
know the risks

Call us 410-377-2871  or Text Us 443-377-1983

Abortion Risks

Every type of abortion has side effects and carries risks to your health. We are here to provide you with accurate medical information so that you are able to make an informed decision.

Side effects (which can occur for 3 days) include1:

  • weakness
  • headache
  • fever/chills
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness

Serious side effects include3, 4:

  • excessive or prolonged
  • bleeding
  • tissue being left inside the uterus
  • pelvic infection
  • failure to terminate the pregnancy
  • blood clots
  • allergic reaction to medication

If the medical abortion fails to terminate the pregnancy, your doctor may perform an ultrasound to determine if you require a surgical abortion2.

You are not alone. Call us or Schedule an appointment today.

First & Second Trimester Abortion - Side Effects2

  • sweating
  • nausea
  • feeling faint
  • cramping, both during the procedure and possibly for several days more while your uterus returns to its size before pregnancy.

First & Second Trimester Abortion - Serious Complications that require immediate attention4

  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding (passing large blood clots, filling more than 2 pads in 1 hour, and bleeding for 12 hours or more)
  • Signs of infection include headache, dizziness, feeling of illness, muscle aches, with or without fever
  • Vomiting lasting more than 4 hours
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Pain and/or swelling in the vaginal area
  • Vaginal discharge with a foul smell
  • Hot flashes or fever

First & Second Trimester Abortion - Long-Term Risks

  • Scarring in the uterus5
  • Infection from bacteria that entered during the procedure, or from an untreated sexually transmitted infection (STI) 7
  • Perforation to the uterine wall, or cut or torn cervix7
  • Studies have shown a moderate to high risk of developing mental health problems following an abortion.9
  • Complications during an abortion and/or having multiple abortions may impact your future pregnancies:
If Rh factor is left untreated, this will put your future pregnancies at risk:6
  • Chance of low birth weight and/or premature birth in future pregnancies5
  • Multiple abortions using a curet that results in uterine scarring (Asherman syndrome) has been linked to difficulty in becoming pregnant in the future.5

Questions & Answers

In Maryland, a woman may terminate her pregnancy up to 24 weeks in pregnancy.

The time it takes to complete an abortion depends on the type of abortion you have. A medicine abortion (or abortion pill) usually takes approximately 3 days to terminate the pregnancy and up to 2 weeks for side effects to subside. For a first or second trimester abortion, the procedure in the clinic can take about a 1/2 hour, though you will be required to stay for a few hours for observation. Side effects will continue at home for a few days with light to moderate bleeding for another 2-4 weeks.8

At PCN, we have been helping women weigh their options since 1982. Our experienced client advocates and medical professionals are here to discuss all of your options in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Contact us today 410-377-2871.

If you are considering abortion, we offer FREE pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, and provide confidential counseling to assist you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Wondering if you even need an abortion?
One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. Abortion may not be necessary.

Our ultrasounds can determine if your pregnancy is viable or not. At PC North, we specialize in helping women navigate unplanned pregnancies. Our onsite medical professionals will answer your questions, listen to your concerns and offer you services in a caring and confidential manner. 

Wondering if you even need an abortion?
Are you unsure if your pregnancy is viable?

At PC North, we specialize in helping women navigate unplanned pregnancies. Our onsite medical professionals will answer your questions, listen to your concerns and offer you services in a caring and confidential manner. We would be happy to assist you.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Very grateful they are very nice very kind people and help with what they can.
Maricela A.
PCN is staffed with wonderful, caring people who respect their clients' privacy and offer support in many ways. The facility is clean, safe, and has an ultrasound machine on premises! Women can feel confident in the quality of the comprehensive health care provided at PCN.
Deborah J.
Pregnancy Center North made me feel very comfortable. They touched base a lot of what I was thinking about. I was concerned about abortion and the procedure and costs without judging me. It was very informative.
Judy E.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Very grateful they are very nice very kind people and help with what they can.
Maricela A.
PCN is staffed with wonderful, caring people who respect their clients' privacy and offer support in many ways. The facility is clean, safe, and has an ultrasound machine on premises! Women can feel confident in the quality of the comprehensive health care provided at PCN.
Deborah J.
Pregnancy Center North made me feel very comfortable. They touched base a lot of what I was thinking about. I was concerned about abortion and the procedure and costs without judging me. It was very informative.
Judy E.

Questions & Answers

PC North continues to remain open and has taken all necessary precautions to protect our clients, staff, and volunteers from COVID-19.  Masks or face shields are required for all staff, volunteers, and clients.

Walk-ins are welcome; however, it is best to make an appointment to minimize your office wait time, please text us at (443) 377-1983 or call us at (443)  377-2871.

We recommend you make an appointment if you have missed a period, have any pregnancy related questions, or think you or a friend might be pregnant.

After completing paperwork, you will meet with our professionals to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be administered. With a positive pregnancy test result, we will perform an ultrasound to confirm a living, intrauterine pregnancy.

All our services are provided free of charge.

Absolutely, you can bring your boyfriend, family member or friend. We will talk with you privately first. Then provided you have given us consent to have them in the room, your guest will be able to join you.

We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law, required for public health reasons, required to avert a threat of harm to the client or a third person, or when other circumstances may reasonably warrant such use or disclosure without prior authorization (e.g., abuse reporting, suicide/homicide prevention, etc.).

Although Pregnancy Center North does not perform nor refer for abortions, we are here to support you during an unplanned pregnancy. At our center we do offer help and support to women who are deciding between abortion, parenting or adoption. We understand that although this moment in your life may feel completely out of control and insurmountable, we are here for you. We offer real support for women during pregnancy and up to a year following birth and we counsel women through the adoption process. All of our services are FREE and Confidential. Since 1982 we have been helping women in your exact situation and we are here to tell you that there is hope.