Many a times, pregnant women resort to abortion. Though the reasons for abortion may include a conscious decision due to unplanned pregnancy, medical reasons affecting the health of the mother and the fetus, etc. nonetheless, an abortion is a distressing experience for a woman.
To end the life developing inside her womb makes the woman distraught and upset.
Abortion alters the life of a woman in many ways. It has a huge impact on the physical well-being and psychological state of a woman. This article examines some of the potential side effects of abortion which can help you in deciding whether you should take this step or restrain from it.
3 Types of Abortions
An abortion can either be medical or surgical. Both the types of abortion have different consequences on the health of the woman.
Surgical Abortion requires a surgical procedure which is carried out under the effect of anaesthesia. The possible side effects include reaction to anaesthesia, cramping, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. In some cases, while performing the abortion, the cervix gets damaged or the uterus gets punctured. Such incidents can lead to heavy bleeding necessitating the need for immediate surgery and blood transfusion to prevent further damage to the body.
Though it is rare, but sometimes general anaesthesia can cause convulsions or heart attack endangering the life of the patient. At times, the instruments used to perform the procedure can cause pelvic infection. Damage to uterine lining, bowel and/or bladder is also a potential adverse effect of abortion.
Medical abortion is considered a safer option as compared to surgical abortion. However, medical abortion too has its pitfalls. In this procedure, pills which induce abortion are administered to the pregnant woman. Pills may have side effects such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, cramping, spotting, fever and chills, diarrhoea, etc.
Other serious side effects include heavy bleeding for as long as a month, infection, severe illness and in some cases, even infertility. Severe back ache accompanied by foul-smelling discharge are usually followed by consumption of pills. It is advisable to consult a gynaecologist before consuming any such pills to reduce chances of complications.
Potential Side-Effects Of Abortion
Long Term Effects
Abortion has become a common phenomenon these days and is usually carried out sans any complications. However, its long-term possible side effects cannot be completely ignored. Premature birth, giving birth to a diseased baby suffering from respiratory problems, bowel issues or cerebral palsy, etc. are some of the side-effects of abortion which are rare in occurrence. Abortion also increases the threat of breast cancer for the expecting mother.
Abortion not just impacts the physical health but deteriorates the mental well-being of a woman. Women opting for abortion often sink into depression. They suffer from guilt and despair which manifests into eating disorders, suicidal tendencies etc.
It is prudent to think and rethink your decision of abortion. Evaluate all pros and cons before opting for an abortion. Consult your healthcare provider and assess your body’s state before you decide to get under the knife.
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