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A 23-year-old male asked:

Is abortion painful? are there any side effects?

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Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Mostly emotional : Abortion is painful in many ways. The pain can be controlled for by an appropriate use of medication so that the pain is minimized. The procedure is fairly straightforward and simple in the vast majority of occasions. But emotionally and in some cases physically it could be very painful and it is something to be taken seriously and discuss with a trusted person or loved one.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the physical side effects of abortion?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alicia Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Pain, bleeding : Most often women experience pain and bleeding for days to weeks. The pain should not be severe and there should not be a fever. It can take 6-8wks to resume your period.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Which side effects does abortion present?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Many: Both physical and psychological issues come into the picture. See your gyn doc for counselling.
A 18-year-old female asked:

What are the side effects of oral abortion?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Depends: On which type. Rarely, serious medical problems can occur when a pregnancy ends (e.g., due to medical abortion with medications including mifepristone, surgical abortion, miscarriage), including sometimes fatal infections and bleeding. If any suspicious symptoms occur best to seek help from a gynecologist asap.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of abortion?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
Usually small: Usually some bleeding and cramping, nothing more. Long term complications of legal abortions are uncommon.
Last updated Dec 23, 2020
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