Choosing to have an induced abortion, a procedure or medication taken to end a pregnancy, inherently comes with many unknowns. When it comes to the mental and emotional impact of abortion, there’s no such thing as being able to predict what to expect as every woman and situation is different. However, when it comes to your body healing and physical care after abortion, there is lots of information and studies available to prepare you for what’s to come.
The biggest worry women often have is that an abortion could affect their future health and fertility, but terminating a pregnancy does not affect your ability to get pregnant or increase risk of future pregnancy complications. In fact, you can actually get pregnant soon after an abortion, even before your period returns, which is usually after 21 days, according to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).
LET’S CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING FACTORS ABOUT ABORTION:
Risks of Abortion
Side effects may occur with induced abortion, whether surgical or by pill. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Abortion also carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection, and damage to organs. Serious complications occur in less than 1 out of 100 early abortions and in about 1 out of every 50 later abortions.
Complications may include:
- Heavy Bleeding
- Incomplete Abortion
- Damage to the Cervix
- Scarring of the Uterine Lining
- Perforation of the Uterus
- Damage to Internal Organs
- Consider Other Risks of Abortion
- Abortion and Preterm Birth for future pregnancies
- Links to Abortion and Breast Cancer
Emotional And Psychological Impact of Abortion
There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in both emotional and physical health. For some women these negative emotions may be very strong, and can appear within days or after many years. This psychological response is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Possible symptoms:
- Eating disorders
- Relationship problems
- Flashbacks of abortion
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sexual dysfunction
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Spiritual Consequences