What are the risks of abortion?
A recent posted article on the NY Times discusses the nature of abortion’s risks.
In this article, the authors describe surgical abortion as an abortion that “uses a vacuum to remove the fetus and related material from a woman’s uterus (womb). The procedure is usually done 6 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period”
In this report, these known risks were reported:
Risks of surgical abortion include:
Damage to the womb or cervix
Emotional or psychological distress
infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
The risks of surgical abortion increase as a woman gets further along in her pregnancy. That’s why it’s important to make a decision about abortion as early as possible, when the procedure is safest.
The risks for any anesthesia are:
Reactions to medications
The risks for any surgery are:
All of us at the Open Arms Pregnancy Center are concerned for your health and well-being. Thus, we urge you to call your health care provider if you have had a surgical abortion and you have:
- Excessive vaginal bleeding (may lead to shock)
- Continued pain or pregnancy symptoms (possible sign of ectopic pregnancy)
- Signs of infection, including persistent fever, vaginal drainage with a foul odor, vaginal drainage that looks like pus, or abdominal pain or tenderness
(* Source: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/surgery/abortion/overview.html )
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