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Abortion Risks

Many pregnancy terminations are performed in the UK each year, but with these come abortion risks. The UK is generally a safe country to have an abortion, as some parts of the world have really high mortality rates from procedures that are performed by untrained people in unhygienic surroundings. Despite the fact that most abortions in the UK lead to no adverse consequences there are always abortion risks that should be considered.

What are the abortion risks?

The type of abortion risks present will very much depend on the type of procedure performed. It is also important to note that all women are unique and there is no telling who will have what reaction to what procedure. It is generally considered that an early abortion (before ten weeks into the pregnancy) carries the least risk, but there can be unpleasant side effects from these.

Some of the most common side effects of an abortion include;
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Slight bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
In other cases there are bigger risks (particularly with surgical procedures);
  • Infection which could lead to sceptic shock
  • Heavy bleeding which could develop to a life threatening situation
  • Infertility
  • Damage to organs in the body
  • A perforated uterus
  • A damaged cervix
These abortion risks are relatively rare but they can occur and it is important that anybody considering a termination is aware that things could possibly turn out badly.

How worried should you be about Abortion Risks?

Hearing about the risks associated with abortion can be very frightening and might even add to the worries of the person having to make the decision. The intention here is not to spread fear but in order to make an informed choice all the information needs to be made clear. Any doctor who will be performing a termination is obliged to explain the abortion risks. It is important to keep these risks in perspective though and realise that almost every medical and surgical procedure comes with risks and side-effects. There are almost 200,000 abortions performed in the UK each year and most of these occur without anything untoward occurring.

Another possible risk associated with ending a pregnancy is that there may be a period of grief or guilt afterwards. There is always the small risk that this could lead onto depression. There is a lot of debate surrounding the idea of post abortion syndrome and it is often used by the pro life supporters to dissuade people from terminating pregnancy. This risk can normally be avoided if counselling is obtained by those who are finding the post-abortion period difficult.

Some final thoughts on abortion risks

Abortion risks are one more thing for those planning to have the procedure to consider. Those who have decided to have a termination will most often have a very good reason and these abortion risks will not impact their decision greatly. As already mentioned any medical procedure comes with risks and terminations are relatively safe.

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