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What Are the Risks of Abortion?

Risks can vary depending on the type of abortion procedure that’s chosen. Some risks and complications may include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion.
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work.
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Fever.
  • Digestive system discomfort.
  • Perforation of the uterus.
  • Damage to the cervix.
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall.

What’s The Importance of Knowing the Risks?

Women deserve to have all the facts when contemplating any serious medical procedure. Abortion is no different. Since this procedure can impact health and wellness, women should be fully aware of the risks and complications to make informed decisions.
Many abortions are also outpatient procedures. This means you will not be directly monitored by a medical professional. Therefore, you are responsible for knowing the signs and symptoms of complications to monitor your health for life-threatening complications. Knowing when to contact emergency services has the potential to be lifesaving.

How Do I Protect My Health Before an Abortion?

You can take three steps to ensure you take the appropriate measures to help protect your health before an abortion.
1. Take a lab-quality pregnancy test to ensure you’re getting reliable results.
2. Have an ultrasound to ensure viability, location, and gestational age. This helps to protect your health and provides all your options.
3. Speak with a medical professional about the risks, complications, health history, and current medications.
Knowing how far along your pregnancy has progressed, if it’s viable, and if it is in the right place, as well as your health history, allergies, and current medications, can all play a role in your recommended options.

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Here at Hope Women’s Center, we have medical professionals who can help you understand how to protect your health, review your options, and provide reliable pregnancy testing, and much more.
Schedule a no-cost appointment today. All services are free and confidential. We’re here to help you!

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