Abortion Risks and Side Effects
We inform, you decide.
We inform, you decide.
Before you have any elective procedure it’s important to know the potential impacts it could have on your body and future health. Here we’ve compiled the latest research on the impacts of abortion.
Risks and side effects vary by the type of procedure and how far along you are. If you’re pregnant, CompassCare can help you determine exactly what kind of abortion procedure you could be eligible for, and discuss the specific risks and side effects associated with that procedure. To learn more, schedule a free pre-termination evaluation at CompassCare today.
Most women experience some of the following after an abortion:
These symptoms typically resolve within a week, sometimes longer.
If you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important for your emotional and physical health that you not ignore them. Contact us for a referral to a licensed counselor.
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