If you have made the decision to have an abortion, or you have recently had an abortion, you need to be aware of the common complications that can occur during an abortion. Too often, women don’t realize that there are risks involved because the procedure almost resembles ‘drive-by’ medical care.
The Physical Complications Associated with Abortion
Common problems that you may face from an abortion, from a physical standpoint, include uterine perforation, injury to the bowel, and injury to the bladder, septic infection, cervical shock, cervical laceration, and hematometra.
You may additionally experience complications from the anesthesia, if anesthesia is used, and post abortion triad, which entails pain, bleeding, and fever. The abortion could also fail, which means that you would still be pregnant, but that the fetus may have been harmed irreversibly.
The Mental Complications Associated with Abortion
Along with the physical problems associated with abortion, you must also consider the mental complications of abortion. Some women have deep regret after the procedure, and may even feel that they have done damage to their mortal soul. Some may grieve deeply for a child that will never be. Depression is a serious risk.
It is important to understand two things. First, each woman reacts to the abortion, from a mental point of view, differently. Second, hormones start flooding the body after the abortion is performed, and this flood of hormones can cause the emotions to go a bit haywire for a period of time.
How to Guard Against Abortion Complications
First, make sure that you are making the right decision for you. Get as much information as you possibly can, and take the opportunity to get counseling. Make sure that you are mentally prepared for the procedure, as well as the aftermath. Make sure that this is your decision, and that you are not being pressured into an abortion by anyone else. If you have doubts, don’t do it until those doubts have been resolved. This may require more extensive counseling, but the earlier you have the abortion, the better off you will be from a physical aspect.
Next, make sure that you are using a good abortion clinic. Naturally, the area should be sterile and the staff should be professional and skilled. Do not keep any information from your doctor. Let him or her know of any medical conditions that you have, or have had in the past, as this is vital information that could have an impact on the complications that you experience during and after the procedure.