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What health risks are commonly associated with getting an abortion?

What health risks are commonly associated with getting an abortion?

Short answer: This is a complex question, but short answer is legal abortion is generally very safe.The only clear risks are from complication (infection, perforation, etc...) of abortion, not abortion itself. There have been suggestions in the media such as that abortion 'might increase risk of breast cancer;' this is untrue and complete nonsense. ...Read more

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Abortion (Definition)

In medical circles, the term abortion applies to any loss of a pregnancy before 25 weeks, such as spotaneous abortion (ie miscarrage). In non-medical circles, it refers to the termination of ...Read more


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What are the health effects of an abortion?

Usually minimal: Assuming there are no complications of the procedure, there are no long term physical effects from having an abortion. Emotional effects are more variable and unpredictable. ...Read more

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Can abortions be very bad for the health of women?

No: Legal abortion is very safe, illegal ones and 'do it yourself' are a disaster. Nothing is without any risk, but a legal abortion is less risky for complication than, say, natural childbirth. ...Read more

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Are there any negative health repercussions to having an abortion?

Sensory tics ?: Once thought rare, ma y in fact be common and consist of two types : isolated sensory tics , like tickles or itches, and premitiry urges, which appears just before motor tics. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can abortion effect a women's mental health?

Can somebody tell me how can abortion effect a women's mental health?

No difference: There is a large study being conducted now about this very question. People who want to have an abortion but cannot access it have poorer mental health outcomes than those who are able to access safe abortion care. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with having an abortion?

Surgical Abortion: Possible risks include injury to the cervix/uterus, infection of the uterus/ fallopian tubes, uterine scarring or perforation, retained tissue, hemorrhage & adverse reaction to anesthesia. See: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002912.Htm. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of an abortion and what are the disadvantages? What is mental health or physical issues?

What are the advantages of an abortion and what are the disadvantages? What is mental health or physical issues?

Medicine & Morality: Of all medical procedures performed in the us, abortion is the most charged emotionally, politically, morally. No other medical procedure's been limited, debated like this one. If strip aside personal beliefs, abortion done by trained professionals is a safe procedure 4ending a pregnancy. The stressors assoc w unintended/hi-risk pregnancy can b traumatic. Politics/religion amplify those stressors. ...Read more

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Going thru an abortion process wid d pills prescribed.Wot care should I take after its complete regardng my health?

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Going thru an abortion process wid d pills prescribed.Wot care should I take after its complete regardng my health?

You need to: Follow up with those providers to make sure the process is complete, such as getting an ultrasound. Then speak to your doctor about all the birth control options available to you. Best of luck to you. Take care! ...Read more

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Are there any negative health repercussions, physically speaking, to having an abortion?

No: A single abortion performed by a qualified md in a qualified facility should not affect your health or your ability to conceive in the future when you wish to. Use a reliable method of pregnancy prevention to prevent multiple abortions as multiple abortions increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and can affect your fertility. ...Read more

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I am wondering what health issues does a women face that requires the abortion of a baby?

Monitor infection: Monitor for signs of infection after an abortion. Signs of post abortion infection can include foul smelling vaginal discharge, fevers, chills, pelvic tenderness or bleeding associated with severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What week is safe for abortion if no baby heartbeat, bcz they keep telling me the earlier is good for my health. Now 8 weeks. Could it be still a live?

What week is safe for abortion if no baby heartbeat, bcz they keep telling me the earlier is good for my health. Now 8 weeks. Could it be still a live?

No fetal heart beat: If at 8 weeks there is no heartbeat on multiple occasions( 2 or 3), the baby is not alive. if you have not spontaeously started to deliver the fetal remains , then it is best to have it induced and if needed have a vacuum aspiration or D&C. The longer the fetal remains are inside more risk of infection, prolonged bleeding.Many women experience fetal loss and have subsequent sucessful pregnancies ...Read more

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Can abortions affect your hormones and health?

No: Hi. No, no adverse long term effects, although a lot of propagandists with a political or religious agenda would like you to think so! To your health and your decision-making autonomy! ...Read more

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Severe health anxiety after abortion any tips to deal with it ?

Severe health anxiety  after abortion any tips to deal with it ?

See a therapist: health anxiety, body scanning, heightened awareness of anything resembling a symptom can be alleviated with counseling. ...Read more

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I had my 1st abortion on 08/2011 and 2nd on 06/2012. I am considering to abort again. I am concerned about my future pregnancies and overall health.?

Slight problem: If you have more than 3 abortions then there is a small increase in fertility issues and pregnancy issues. However if it isn't the right time for a pregnancy for you then abortion is a reasonable choice. But what you need is a better form of birth control so you don't need to go through all this again. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I had my 1st abortion on 07/2011 & 2nd on 06/2012. I am considering to abort again. I am worried about its effects on my future pregnancies & health.?

Abortion should not: Be used as birth control, you need to get on reliable birth control ! the more times u have a termination, the more chance you can have a complication, or it can cause problems with your cervix, if u are going to have a 3rd it should be your last as, u need birth control, most women who have 3 do not have a problem but your cervix will need to be monitored more closely when u do decide to keep. ...Read more

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Had abortion 2years ago it can affect my health? Now find blood in my urine and protain it is the cause of abortion

Had abortion 2years ago it can affect my health? Now find blood in my urine and protain it is the cause of abortion

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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My gf taken taken 3 times of mife gest kit for abortion.is danger for her health.have any chance to be preganant in future.she was preganant 3 times.

My gf taken taken 3 times of mife gest kit for abortion.is danger for her health.have any chance to be preganant in future.she was preganant 3 times.

Birth control: It sounds like the two of you need to rethink your plan. There are many birth control options she can use to prevent pregnancy. Three unplanned pregnancies at age 19 is a lot. Consider an IUD or another form of birth control. Another option is you could take charge and begin using condoms to keep her safe. ...Read more

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Safest way for abortion that doesnt harm my health and fertility? Not sure yet if im pregnant! & sooo scared!!

Medical abortions: All medical and surgical abortion done by a licensed MD in a secure, medical environment are "safe". Run a pregnancy test and if positive evaluate your choices for continuance or termination of the pregnancy based upon facts, not 'fear' ...Read more

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Why aren't breast jobs included in health insurance coverage, but abortions are?

Why aren't breast jobs included in health insurance coverage, but abortions are?

Different items: Breast cosmetic surgery is simply that and is under the general rule for insurance plans to not cover cosmetic procedures. Note that they will cover breast reconstruction for injury and loss such as mastectomy for cancer. Some plans cover abortion under the umbrella of women's rights. These plans are aware that abortion is far cheaper than paying for pregnancy to term. But abortion is a choice. ...Read more

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Hello Can abortion be done at 7 months pregnancy? Is there any risk to health and conceiving in future? If possible then would like to know method

Hello Can abortion be done at 7 months pregnancy? Is there any risk to health and conceiving in future? If  possible then would like to know method

No: Legally and ethically no, but it is technically possible to destroy the baby fetus. In reality, it's too late to consider doing an abortion in the third trimester. Major birth defects should be found as early as possible, so that parents can consider aborting their baby in the first trimester or early in the second trimester. In the third trimester, the baby gets delivered. Talk with one's doctor. ...Read more

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