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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the health effects of getting an abortion?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very few: There are, of course, risks and complications of abortion like any other procedure such as bleeding, infection, retain products of conception, just to name a few. However, when done by a competent healthcare professional, the risks are minimal without any long term effects to your medical health or future fertility.

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What are the health effects of an abortion?

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What health risks are commonly associated with getting an abortion?

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Last updated Oct 27, 2017


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