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When is an abortion advisable

If a pregnancy has been planned, and in some cases difficult to achieve, the decision to abort the baby is a devastating one for everybody involved (including parents and in-laws).  There are many cases, however, where aborting is the best alternative that the parents can choose.  The following list provides some of the possible reasons for having an abortion:

  • Abnormalities in the baby
  • Mother gets German Measles
  • Medical risk to the mother, like severe heart disease, which can get exaggerated if the pregnancy continues
  • History of abnormalities in baby which are likely to be repeated
  • Mother has taken medicines in the first trimester which are contra-indicated during pregnancy
  • Failure of contraceptive devices like copperT (loop) with pregnancy
  • For unmarried girls, when continuation of pregnancy could be responsible for severe psychological and emotional stress

What are the emotional effects of abortion

The decision to terminate a pregnancy is a very difficult one to make. Sometimes a woman may have no choice because there may be extenuating circumstances that force her to take this decision. Whatever the reason, the decision is usually arrived at after a lot of soul searching, and can cause significant grief. It is normal for a woman to experience feelings of depression and loss after an abortion. If an abortion is performed when the woman is very young, she may only realize the significance of what she has done at a later stage. It is important that the woman not isolate herself: she should talk to a counsellor, a close family member or friend before undergoing an abortion, and certainly after it.  Full support of family and close friends will help in relieving some of the mental anguish. 

What are the possible complications of an abortion

In general, abortion is one of the safest procedures in medicine. Sometimes complications may, however, occur in the first twenty four hours. 

  • If the uterus is not fully emptied, it may cause bleeding. A dilatation and curettage (D & C) procedure may be required in less than 1% of all suction abortions and 10% of second-trimester procedures. 
  • A clamp is used to steady the uterus during an abortion. In some cases this clamp may tear the cervix, but a single suture can easily repair the damage. 
  • Uterine perforation occurs in 2-3 cases for every thousand abortions. It is caused by the passage of the instruments through the uterine wall. In this case, the patient will just have to be observed overnight to ensure that there are no further complications.

Sometimes complications occur from two days to two weeks after the abortion. The woman may develop pelvic pain, fever, foul smelling vaginal discharge, heavy bleeding, or chills. These symptoms can be treated with oral antibiotics. If the symptoms do not improve within a day or two, the doctor will perform a D & C. 

What are the long-term effects of an abortion

Women who have had an abortion worry that it may affect their ability to conceive or bear a child in the future. They will be relieved to learn that now it is generally believed that a single abortion performed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy does not pose a threat to future childbearing potential. However, a recent World Health Organization study has shown that women who underwent two or more abortions had a two-to-three times greater chance of miscarriage, premature delivery, or low birth weight infants.

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.6 years ago
I have a testimony to share,,My Name is Mrs Georgina Alexander am from the United State am now 54years old Am a Medical doctor in California,I married for about 24years ago without any child then me and my husband go for an adoption of 2kids male/female.
Last years something wonderful and gracious happened to me i came across this witch doctor in the internet that promise to help me get pregnant which i totally disagree,,,How can i be pregnant looking my age he ask me not to worry that he only specialize on pregnancy no other. That after the job has been completed there is no any side effect,that was how he told me what to do which i did, could you believe i miss my periodical time that same Month and i was pregnant.Today am now the happiest woman on Earth,,While am i testify to this site i know there are a lot of people that are in this kind of trouble some will decide to commit suicide.
please just do and contact him for help make him to understand that Mrs Georgina Alexander from USA directed you, his email
Rehana.7 years ago
i had an abortion two weeks before. i had severe bleeding that lasted for many days. when can i plan my pregnancy. i want to have a healthy baby. is it the right time now to conceive or should i wait for some more time.
Pragya.7 years ago
i had to undergo an abortion when i was in my 7th week. it was very difficult for me to take this decision. i am now planning to conceive and an much more careful. hop e now i have a successful pregnancy.
Riri.7 years ago
abortion is not a wise decision but sometimes we have no other option left. the article on abortions is an eye opener. it creates awareness about the possible causes of abortions so as to prevent them
Sheela.9 years ago
hi i already have two kids and all of a sudden i doscover that i am pregnant for the third time. at first i am nervous and think of abrtion ... then my husband says e wants to keep the baby so i also decide that it will be nice to have three kids ... and these days that is considered a large family considering some of my friends are having just one child. then recently a very unfortunate thing happened. in my 12th week when i went to the doctor, she told me that the baby had stopped growing after 6 weeks. so i went threough a surgery to clean up after a miscarriage. but i cannot tell you how depressed i feel about the miscarriage. i keep wondering how life would have been with three kids ... and i hold myself responsible. it seems god almost heard me when i was thinking that i did not want to keep the third. i am already past 39 and don't really want to plan a baby ... becasue it is a high risk age. i sometimes wish i had been more careful then maybe i would not have miscarried. do any of you feel the same way?
Tim.9 years ago
each of the children you have is precious and wonderful, and each of the children other parents have is wonderful, and each of the people in the world, who were all someone's children, is wonderful, too. you have two children of your own to love, and 6,500,000,000 other people to love also. so do your best to love us all, and each of us will benefit from your love, just as do your own two children. best wishes!
sheela.9 years ago
yes i know how u feel.i also because pregnant after i had my tubes tied . but i lost it at 11/2 months pregnant . i do want another one .
kim.9 years ago
well i dont have any children and i wasnt ever pregnant or had an abortion but i was just wondering about what happend to the fetiss' involved in the abortions? i was just wondering because i am writing a speech on abortion and i needed more facts and i was wondering if anyone knew (please dont give me false imformation.)
Mohini.9 years ago
i had 4 miscarriages in the months of 2,4,3 & recently in 19th weeks. the doctors are telling that it may be because of some allergy, the reason for which is not known. but some days back i came to know that if minus sign is there in hsg test then we have to take some rubella (exactly not known)injection to make it + and then can try for pregnancy. is it true ? will i be able to deliver a healthy baby after taking this injection ? please advise.
shantae roberts.9 years ago
i 2 was messin wit a boy named breon who i told i migth be pregant and he told his mom and she told him to tel me to drink vinger is that even good to my health i don't want to lose my child over sumin like dis and plus i wanted the babe im only 15 and i have always wanted a babe butwas dis to much i wonder and i cry every single nigth wonderin if i was ever pregant wit his babe in the first place
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