Infection is one of the numerous risks of abortion. It’s important to understand how to know if you’re experiencing this after abortion, as it can be dangerous to your health if not treated.

Common warning signs of infection could include abdominal pain or bleeding more than normal. Seek medical attention right away if you have any signs of infection.

Warning Signs of Infection

Infection is a major risk after abortion and not something to take lightly. It could lead to complications such as pelvic infection. Get treatment right away to prevent further complications.

The Mayo Clinic shares common signs and symptoms of infection, including the following:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

We recommend going to a medical professional after any type of abortion procedure to be sure you’re recovering normally.

Emotional Struggles After Abortion

The risks that come with abortion are not just physical but emotional as well. It’s important to address what you’re experiencing, as many women put it off for months or even years, living with struggles like depression and unresolved trauma.

You could be struggling with multiple mental health effects like depression, anxiety, and grief after abortion. If any of these apply to you and everyday life activities are difficult, know that healing is not out of reach.

Support After Abortion

At Sierra Pregnancy + Health, we understand how abortion can significantly affect you. We want to change the culture of disenfranchised grief and offer a safe place for those grieving to find hope and healing.

We offer after-abortion care through individual sessions, and for those not in the greater Sacramento area, we provide remote support through confidential video conferencing.

Contact us today to learn more about abortion risks and free support after abortion. You are not alone.

*We do not provide extended OB/GYN or prenatal care, fertility testing, abortion services, or referrals for abortion.