An earlier study associates induced abortion with increased risk of mental health problems like:
- panic attacks and panic disorder
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- bipolar disorder
- substance abuse disorder
It is up to you if you trust science or not. Personally, I do. I had a friend who after ten years from her abortion, kept dreaming a baby bathed in blood. Her dreams continue to this day, and her panic attacks are more serious and frequent by the day.
And these are just the long-term negative consequences of induced abortion. There are short-term consequences and risks as well. We’ll take a closer look at them in the following lines.
Short-Term Consequences of Abortion
As you may already know, induced abortion can be of two types: medical (through medication) and surgical (through surgery). Both types carry certain short-term risks that doctors tend to minimize.
Here are the most important of them, by type, according to MedlinePlus:
- damage to the cervix or womb
- accidental perforations of the uterus
- excessive bleeding
- infections of the fallopian tubes and of the uterus
- scarring of the uterus walls
- negative reactions to anesthesia and medicines (allergy, breathing problems)
- incomplete abortion and necessity for a second procedure
It should go without saying that such an invasive procedure will be followed by several days of pain and bleeding. The doctor will most likely recommend antibiotics to reduce infection risks, and those have side-effects as well.
Medical abortion, although less invasive, is not much safer either.
According to Mayo Clinic, it carries the following risks:
- Incomplete abortion. The medication may fail to eliminate the pregnancy completely, so the patient will need to undergo a surgical abortion.
- Ongoing pregnancy. The medication may fail to pay the desired results, case in which the fetus will continue to develop. Mayo Clinic does not mention it, but the medication may negatively affect the fetus’ health and cause birth defects and anomalies.
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding. It could cause severe anemia and even jeopardize the patient’s life.
- Infection. Caught on time, it may subside with antibiotics. Left to aggravate, it may cause severe health complications.
- Adverse reactions. These could include digestive discomfort, fever, chills, headaches, and diarrhea.
Of course, the drugs used to induce abortion have their share of side effects. They induce bleeding and cramping in all patients. Other common side effects include:
- Pelvic pain
- Stomach pain
- Back pain
- Allergic reactions
Do you still think abortion is a viable alternative for you? Before you make a doctor’s appointment, make sure you realize what you are giving up on. Pregnancy has protective effects on the mother’s health, the most important ones being reviewed below.
Mihaela is a proud mother of two, happily married to the love of her life and passionate about reading, music, healthy cooking, and child psychology. A sociologist and expert copywriter, she now channels her knowledge and experience in writing for Iris Content, AM Navigator, Top 10 Picks, and, last but not least, her soul-project, BebeYoga.