As with any medical procedure, abortion presents many risks to a woman. It is very important to be fully informed and discuss the risks prior to a medical or surgical abortion procedure.
Side effects include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Incomplete Abortion – Some fetal parts may not be removed during the procedure. This can cause bleeding and infection.
- Tearing of Cervix – Can create complications in future pregnancies
- Scarring of Uterine Lining – This can result in sterility
- Perforation of Uterus
- Damage to Internal Organs
Other Significant Risks:
Emotional Impact. Many women struggle with negative emotions after they have had an abortion. This psychological response is called as Post-Abortion Stress (PAS) and can occur days or years after the abortion. Some of the symptoms can include:
- Eating disorders
- Relationship problems
- Flashbacks of abortion
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sexual dysfunction
- Alcohol and drug abuse
Effect on Future Pregnancy. 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 (Blind, Dr. Joel, 1995, Breast Cancer Risks and Choices). For women who have had no children and have had one or more abortions, their risk of breast cancer is 50 percent higher than their normal genetic risk (National Cancer Institute, 1994).
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