Short Term Effects

GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM ......IF:sad girl 2 image

  • heavy bleeding occurs (2 or more pads per hour)
  • pain is severe or not controlled by pain medication
  • you have fever
  • you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • you have chest pain
  • you are disoriented

Immediate Possible Side Effects & Risks for Nonsurgical Abortion:

  • cramping of the uterus or pelvic pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • warmth or chills
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
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    inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication of an operation allergic   reaction to the medicines
  •  
    hemorrhage (heavy bleeding) possibly requiring treatment with an operation, a blood transfusion, or both
  •  
    incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus, requiring an operation
  • rarely, death

Immediate Possible Side Effects for Surgical Abortion:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • infection
  • cramping of the uterus or pelvic pain
  •  
    a hole in the uterus (uterine perforation) or other damage to the uterus
  • injury to the bowel or the bladder
  • a cut or torn cervix (cervical laceration)
  •  
    incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus requiring an additional operation
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    complications from the anesthesia such as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or drug reactions
  •  
    inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from an operation
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    a possible hysterectomy as a result of complications or injury during the procedure
  • damage or rupture of the uterus
  • hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)
  • water intoxication
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    emergency treatment for any of the above problems, including possible need to treat with an operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion
  • the possibility of a live-born baby *
  • rarely, death

 

*If the unborn child is born alive, the attending physician has the legal obligation to take all reasonable steps necessary to maintain the life and health of the child.

Information from the Texas Department of State Health Services http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wrtk/default.shtm