Nowadays, there are plenty of women who are faced with unplanned pregnancy. While some of them are not panicked by it, others are terrified of the thought of being pregnant. This fear is a result of their very young age or simply not being prepared to look after a child.
However, women who decide that pregnancy is not the right thing for them in that particular period of life, choose abortion. There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. The former one is more often known as abortion pills and it’s suitable for the early stage of pregnancy. The latter one is done after the woman is more than ten weeks pregnant.
Medical abortion is more preferred than the surgical one, as it happens in the privacy of your own home, not in a hospital. Abortion side effects are common in both cases.
Let’s find out more about it and its side effects.
This is very often confused with the morning-after pill, but these two serve a different function. The first one is used to terminate pregnancy, while the second one is used to stop ovulation from happening.
These pills consist of two different medicines. The first medicine is taken to commence the process of termination by blocking the pregnancy hormones. The second medicine is taken after at least 24 hours, to maximum 48 hours and it expels the embryo from the uterus. The whole process of medical abortion usually takes several days to complete and during this time the woman needs to take care of herself.
Abortion pills can cause multiple side effects which usually start after taking the second medicine. They vary from one woman to another, but the most common ones are bleeding and having stomach cramps which can last even up to two weeks after the process. The bleeding differs from menstruation, as it’s normal to pass blood clots and lose larger amount of blood.
Women also experience the feeling of nausea accompanied by vomiting. They often have diarrhea, headaches and feel dizzy. It’s also common to experience changes of body temperature in the form of sudden chills or warmth, which happen due to the changing levels of hormones.
As a result of this, women feel weak and tired and should spend the first few days resting and not lifting heavy objects. All of these aftereffects can be treated with medication to ease the pain.
Sometimes medical abortion can cause serious aftereffects, which can even be a threat to your life. These reactions are – no bleeding after the second pill in period of 24 hours or extreme bleeding that requires using couple of pads in an hour.
Although passing blood clots is considered as a normal reaction, it is unusual if the blood clots are very big in size. All the other aftereffects such as: stomach cramps, back pain, nausea, vomiting, headaches and fever, are abnormal if they last more than 24 hours after taking the second medicine.
If this is the case, these symptoms might be a sign of infection, in which case you should consult with your doctor immediately. Read more about the potential infections, how to recognize and if possible, avoid them.
While the short –term effects are physical, the long-term effects after the medical abortion are predominantly psychological. Every woman is affected by the process in a different way. Some women are relieved; others feel depressed and isolate themselves from the world around them, feeling lonelier than ever.
In addition, women also feel different levels of regret, anger or shame, which vary from mild to extreme. They can become anxious and some of them even experience suicidal thoughts.
We hope that this information helped you to better understand medical abortion.
It’s a big decision to make, so you should take your time.
Make sure that you are well-aware of the numerous effects which follow the abortion and ask yourself if you are prepared to go through all that trouble.
It’s a decision that you are given only once to make. Do what you think is best for you!