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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a number of answers in their respective categories to the most asked questions on abortion.


    • After Mifepristone and Misoprostol, often there is nausea and vomiting
    • Once the uterus starts contracting there will be bleeding and pain until the uterus is emptied
    • Tiredness, headaches, and fever are also possible
    • Diarrhea and vomiting are also common, as are haemorrhaging and infection
    • Follow up is essential, to make sure the uterus is fully emptied
    • A ruptured uterus is possible, especially in women who had c-sections or other procedures on the uterus
    • If a high temp persists after the first 24 hrs one must seek help as infection (sepsis) is another possible, serious complication
    • Do not take medication for an abortion if you have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Due to the side-effects and risks involved, these are some suggestions:
    • Stay with someone you trust when you take abortion pills at home
    • Do not consume alcohol or sedatives
    • Stay within easy reach of a hospital in case you need to ask for help
    • Wear maxi pads so that you can have an idea of how much blood is coming out. If you fill four or more maxi pads in two hours, you will need to seek medical help.

  • Scaring of uterus lining (Asherman syndrome – secondary to over scrapping of the uterus)
  • Perforated uterus (this would need to be treated with care in future pregnancies). Could lead to premature deliveries.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any abnormal side effects after an abortion.

  • An abortion may lead to emotional and psychological impacts. Most women feel guilt and sadness, and PTSD is very common
  • These consequences may appear immediately, weeks, months, or even years after the abortion
  • The consequences may include:
    • Depression
    • Guilt
    • Distressing memories and dreams
    • Suicidal tendencies (higher after abortion than after finishing unwanted pregnancy)
    • Problems in relationships
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Substance abuse
    • Eating disorders.