Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Both in-clinic abortion and abortion pills are very safe and very common. Millions of people have had abortions with no health problems at all. The rate of complications for abortion is very low — about the same as other procedures you’d have at the gynecologist's office, and it’s safer than getting your wisdom teeth out.

Unless there’s a rare and serious complication, having an abortion doesn’t cause damage to your uterus (womb), fertility, or overall health. And abortion doesn’t cause problems for future pregnancies like birth defects, premature birth, low birth weight, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or infant death.

In the very rare event that there’s a complication, there are usually signs that something is wrong. If you had an in-clinic abortion, or it’s been more than 24 hours since you took your last dose of abortion pills, call a nurse or doctor if you have:

  • heavy bleeding from your vagina that soaks through more than 2 maxi pads in an hour, for 2 or more hours in a row
  • severe pain, discomfort, or cramping in your belly that doesn’t get better with pain medication
  • fever of 100.4 or higher
  • weakness, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

If you do have a complication during or after your abortion, it’s usually easy to treat. But it’s important to get medical care as soon as you can. Contact your nurse, doctor, or local Planned Parenthood health center or abortion provider if you have any questions or concerns after an abortion.

Tags: Abortion

Explore more on


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of required cookies when utilizing our site; this includes necessary cookies that help our site to function (such as remembering your cookie preference settings). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.