How To Recover From a Surgical Abortion

How to recover from a surgical abortion

Recovering after an abortion is unique to every woman, but surgical abortion can come with many risks and side effects. It’s important to understand the risks emotionally and physically that abortion may cause.

You owe it to yourself to understand the facts and receive more information about abortion to make an informed decision for your future.

How to Recover Emotionally

Not only are there serious physical side effects from surgical abortion, but emotional ones that can take a toll on your mental health. You may experience feelings like grief, sadness, regret, and anger.

Your first step is to face your emotions one by one and try not to suppress them. Next, find one person you trust to speak to and get help to begin the healing process.

We offer free and confidential counseling support for women in their post-abortion journeys. One of our caring counselors is waiting to speak with you right here in San Antonio at either of our locations. Schedule your appointment today.

The Process of Surgical Abortion

Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) and Dilation & Curettage (D&C) are the two types of surgical abortion procedures. They are done based on how far along you are in pregnancy.

Both procedures typically use sedation and surgical tools to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. Ultimately, a surgical abortion ends an existing pregnancy and removes all pregnancy contents from the uterus.

The Risks & Side Effects

According to the Mayo Clinic, surgical abortion lists the following risks to your health:

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

Side effects of this abortion procedure may include cramping and bleeding. It’s important to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any intense side effects like fever, lightheadedness, heavy bleeding, pain that gets worse, or anything else that seems off.

Understand Whether You’re Eligible

It’s important to safeguard your health by first determining your pregnancy details and whether you qualify for an abortion. Verify how far along you are, the location of your pregnancy, and whether your pregnancy is viable. All of these details are verified through an ultrasound.

A Choice for Women offers women free pregnancy tests and free limited ultrasounds so you can understand your options and your pregnancy.

We know this time can seem scary right now, but you are not alone. Schedule an appointment to get answers about your pregnancy and what options you may be considering.