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Effects of Abortion On Physical and Emotional Health


Abortions can be risky, and its procedures can have a long-term physical and emotional impact.

Abortion Risks include immediate Physical Risks, long-term Physical Risks, psychological / Emotional Impact, and Spiritual Consequences to some.

The safety of abortion in the United States has been documented extensively, and the physical side effects after an abortion can vary from woman to woman and there are potential side effects and risks that you should be aware of.

Immediate Physical Risks

Abortion carries the risk of significant complications such as excessive bleeding, infection, and damage to vital organs. Also, serious medical complications may occur infrequently in early abortions but increase with future abortions.

There is evidence that induced abortion can be associated with significant loss of both emotional and physical health long term, and the information that is available reports the following risks:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia
  • Damage to some Organs
  • RH Sensitization, and
  • Death

It is important to have a talk with a health professional as well as the doctor who will perform your abortion about possible side effects.

All things being equal, your period should return about 4-6 weeks after the abortion, and you can get pregnant again soon after the abortion.

Abortion Emotional Side Effects

The emotional side effects of having an abortion are just as real as the physical side effects.

Following an abortion, many women experience an initial relief, however, for many women; the crisis isn’t over, because months and even years later, significant problems develop.

There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in long-term emotional health, and abortion can emotionally affect each woman differently.

Some women report a sense of relief after having an abortion, and the reasons for such relief also vary from woman to woman.

Emotional effects following abortion are more common than physical side effects. It can range from mild regret to more serious hitches such as depression.

It is important to discuss and know more about these risks with a trained professional who can address your questions and concerns.

One important factor related to the vulnerability of negative emotional or psychological effects has to do with one’s belief about the baby inside.

Those who believe it is not a baby until it is born to have less chance of experiencing undesirable emotional consequences, while those who believe it is a baby are more likely to experience negative emotional effects.

Abortion is not just a women’s issue and affects the men too. For men who are considering abortion with their partners, it is not a decision to be made lightly.

It is wise that you consider all the options and make a decision that is best for you, both in the short and long term, since men involved in an abortion can experience long-term, life-changing consequences.

Spiritual Consideration

People have different understandings of God, and having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind, as there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves consideration.

Potential Emotional side effects include:

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Regret
  • Anger
  • Sense of isolation
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Insomnia
  • nightmares
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Risk Factor

Women with a higher probability of having a negative emotional or psychological side effect as a result of abortion include:

  • Individuals with pre-existing emotional or psychological concerns
  • women who have been coerced to get an abortion
  • Individuals with religious beliefs or ethical views that conflict with abortion
  • Individuals who get an abortion in the later stages of pregnancy
  • Individuals without support from their partners or families
  • Women obtaining an abortion for medical, genetic or fetal abnormalities

Recommendations For Someone Considering An AbortionAbortion Side Effects

  • Get Help: this is probably the most important thing you can do when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Communicate with trained professionals who can answer your questions and discuss your individual circumstances with you.
  • Avoid Isolation: you might have the tendency to withdraw from others to keep the matter a secret and/or to face the issue alone, but it is better to try and stay connected with family and friends who can support you. Too much seclusion under these circumstances can lead to depression.
  • Evaluate Your Circumstances, and find out where you fall among individuals who are more likely to experience one or more side effects. Discuss your situation with someone who can help you, preferably an expert, to give you more perspective and understanding.
  • Avoid Pressure, and avoid people who are pressuring you to do what they think is best. Remember, you are the one who is going to have to live with your choice.
  • Finally, you can find someone who has gone through an unplanned pregnancy or had an abortion to find out what it was like for them, and you can also search for several blogs online that may have testimonies of such people.



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