Risks of an abortion
No clinical procedure is entirely risk free, but abortion poses few risks to a woman's physical health, particularly when carried out during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Having an abortion will not usually affect your chances of becoming pregnant and having normal pregnancies in future.
Risks at the time of an abortion
There is a low risk of problems occurring during an abortion. However, there are more likely to be problems if an abortion is carried out later in a pregnancy.
The risks associated with abortions are:
- haemorrhage (excessive bleeding) - occurs in about 1 in every 1,000 abortions
- damage to the cervix (the entrance of the womb) - occurs in no more than 10 in every 1,000 abortions
- damage to the womb - occurs in up to 4 in every 1,000 abortions during surgical abortion, and less than 1 in 1,000 medical abortions carried out at 12-24 weeks
After an abortion, the main risk is infection in the womb, which is usually caused by failing to completely remove all of the foetus and associated tissue.
If an infection is not treated, it could lead to a more severe infection of your reproductive organs, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility or ectopic pregnancy(where a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes). However, the risk of an infection can be reduced by taking antibiotics at the time of the abortion.
Edited by Beckys_Mom, 27 November 2012 - 02:26 PM.