Side effects from an abortion: medical (poisoning or burning) or surgical (pulling the baby out in pieces)
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First-trimester surgical abortions are safe and effective and have few complications.
In rare cases, an aspiration procedure doesn't successfully end a pregnancy. This is more likely to happen during the earliest weeks of a pregnancy. Among manual aspirations performed before 6 weeks, about 3 out of 100 fail, requiring a repeat procedure.1
First-trimester surgical abortions are considered one of the safest surgical procedures. The risk of complications is low. Some minor complications include:
Injury to the uterine lining or cervix.
Infection. Bacteria can enter the uterus during the procedure and cause an infection. This is more likely if an untreated disease, such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is present before the procedure. Symptoms of fever, pain, and abdominal tenderness will usually start within 2 to 3 days of the procedure. Antibiotics given during or after the procedure reduce the risk of infection.
Rare complications include:
A hole in the wall of the uterus (uterine perforation, rare), which most commonly happens during cervical dilation. Bleeding is usually minimal, and no repair is needed. If bleeding is a concern, a laparoscopy (a procedure that uses a lighted viewing instrument) can be used to see whether it has stopped.
Tissue remaining in the uterus (retained products of conception), usually causing recurring cramping abdominal pain and bleeding within a week of the procedure. Sometimes prolonged bleeding does not develop until several weeks later.
Blood clots. If the uterus doesn't contract to pass all of the tissue, the cervical opening can become blocked, preventing blood from leaving the uterus. The uterus becomes enlarged and tender, often causing abdominal pain, cramping, and nausea.
A repeat vacuum aspiration and medicine to stop bleeding are used to treat retained products of conception or blood clots.
Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy after manual or machine vacuum aspiration
It is possible to have an undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy that isn't discovered until after an abortion procedure. Although the pregnancy test before the procedure is positive, the pregnancy is not in the uterus. So the abortion method does not end the pregnancy. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy that occur after an abortion procedure can include:
Abdominal or pelvic pain that gets worse.
Pain with intercourse.
Lightheadedness or fainting caused by blood loss.
Ectopic pregnancy requires urgent medical care. Call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of a possible ectopic pregnancy. For more information, see the topic Ectopic Pregnancy."