The potential physical effects of abortion vary from immediate complications to long-term issues. These risks increase the further you are in pregnancy prior to abortion. They also increase with general anesthesia. The list of complications includes but is not limited to:3
- Very heavy bleeding
- Blood clots
- Perforated uterus
- Cervical injury
- Incomplete abortion
- Undetected ectopic pregnancy
- Anesthesia complications
- Rh sensitization4
- Future miscarriage5
- Possible link to breast cancer6(further epidemiological studies are warranted)
A study published in a major medical journal found that 31% of women surveyed who had undergone abortions had health complications.7
To find out more about women’s health after abortion go to: www.thesignalhill.com
3. In Clinic Abortion Procedures. Planned Parenthood. Op Cit.
4. Blood test for Rh Status and antibody screen. Baby Center. Retrieved on Oct. 28, 2009, from http://www.babycenter.com/0_blood-test-for-rh-status-and-antibody-screen_1480.bc.
5. Yuelian, Sun et al. “Induced abortion and risk of subsequent miscarriage” International Journal of Epidemiology 2003;32:449-454
6. Abortion. Online Care. Op Cit. 41. VM Rue et. al.,“Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Op Cit.
7. VM Rue et. al.,“Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Op Cit.