Abortion is a serious pregnancy decision, with major risks and side effects including incomplete abortion, infection, and depression. If you are thinking about this pregnancy option, learn the facts before making up your mind.
At True Care Women’s Resource Center, we provide you with clear facts about abortion and information on all your pregnancy options.
Understand the Risks
There are both physical and emotional risks to abortion. If you want to learn more about these risks, a member of our staff would be happy to talk through them with you. Though we give you the facts to consider, the final pregnancy decision is ultimately yours to make.
Physical Risks of Abortion
There are two main types of abortion: medical and surgical abortion. Each procedure has its own set of risks, while also having some risks in common.
Possible risks of medical abortion (the abortion pill):
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Possible risks of surgical abortion:
- Damage to the womb or cervix
- Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
- Excessive bleeding
- Infection (within the uterus or fallopian tubes)
- Scarring of the inside of the uterus
- Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
- Incomplete abortion (Not removing all of the tissue, requiring another procedure)
Emotional Risks of Abortion
Abortion can have an emotional toll on any woman. Medical researcher, David Fergusson, Psychotherapist, Vincent Rue, and British researcher JR Ashton reveal in studies the many mental health effects on women after abortion. These studies share the emotional risks of abortion, including:
- Major depression
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Suicidal behaviors
- Nervous disorders
- Sleep disturbances (causing emotional distress)
All Your Options
Before you decide on a pregnancy option, you will need to know if you’re even eligible for abortion with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. An ultrasound will alert you to any pregnancy complications, including miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Get the clarity you need today.