Abortion Risks for WomenAbortion risks vary from woman to woman, but it is important to understand the risks before undergoing any medical procedure. Women often report that having an abortion impacted them more than they expected, so it is wise to investigate the risks prior to deciding whether to undergo the procedure. Remember, it is your legal right to be informed of the potential complications of abortion or any other medical procedure you are considering.
Abortion Risks - Physical
Be aware of all abortion risks and discuss them with your doctor or health care professional. The following physical complications are possible for 2-4 weeks following an abortion:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
- Spotting and bleeding
- Sexual difficulties and pain
Always be knowledgeable about the specific procedure you are considering and the side effects for that abortion procedure. Remember, all abortion procedures have physical risks and side effects.
Abortion Risks - Emotional
Many women report emotional side effects after having an abortion. Many who have had abortions feel regret or guilt, grief, an increased tendency for anger, rage, or violence. Some also struggle with loneliness and relationship issues following the loss of their baby. Others report feelings of depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide.
Unprocessed grief can also cause feelings of depression and anger. Abortion is a loss and a loss needs a period of grief and mourning. All too often, these feelings are repressed and ignored, rather than acknowledged. The pain is minimized by family and friends or even intentionally ignored.
Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is real and the consequences are long and difficult. Sometimes the impact hits quickly, while other women say it takes years to surface. The symptoms range from mild depression to suicidal thoughts. Others struggle with eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, or self-harm. Many women find it difficult to be around pregnant women or small children during this time.
When making a decision about abortion, each woman needs to consider the risks and side effects that others have experience, those who have walked the journey before them. Contact our office today to find a listening ear and someone to discuss the options with you. Sometimes life requires that we make hard choices and it is always good to have someone to listen and share guidance. We're here to help you and the baby's father make the decision that is best for you and your child.