Possible Abortion Risks
As with any medical procedure, abortion presents potential risks to a woman. It is very important to be fully informed and consider the risks prior to a medical or surgical abortion procedure.
Side effects may include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Incomplete abortion – Bleeding and infection can result from fetal parts being left in the uterus during the procedure.
- Tearing of cervix – Can create complications in future pregnancies.
- Scarring of uterine lining – can result in sterility.
- Perforation of uterus
- Damage to internal organs
Other Significant Risks:
Some women struggle with negative emotions after an abortion. This psychological response is called Post-Abortion Stress (PAS) and can occur days or even years after the abortion. Symptoms may include:
- Eating disorders
- Relationship problems
- Flashbacks of abortion
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sexual dysfunction
- Alcohol and drug abuse
Effect on Future Pregnancy.
Uterine scarring or other injury may prevent a future pregnancy, or make it higher-risk. The risk of miscarriage is higher for those who abort their first pregnancy.
Link to Breast Cancer.
The risk of breast cancer is higher for women who had an abortion before age 18 or after age 30 (Brind, Dr. Joel, 1995, Breast Cancer Risks and Choices). For women who have had no children and have had one or more abortions, the risk of breast cancer is 50 percent higher than the normal genetic risk (National Cancer Institute, 1994).
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