There are two types of abortions: medical and surgical abortion. Each abortion type comes with serious risks to consider. Potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • Heavy/prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Potential risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Damage to the uterus/cervix
  • Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Breathing problems caused by a reaction to the medicines or anesthesia used