Surgical abortion is a medical procedure that is associated with risks for the mother, some of which are long-term.
Below are three risk factors every woman should know prior to an abortion decision. These risks are not typically shared with women prior to an abortion procedure. Click here to learn about the different types of abortion procedures. We are working to change that to ensure all women are aware of the risks associated with an abortion procedure.
1. Increased risk for premature birth or miscarriage in the future.
During an abortion, the cervix is artificially dilated and permanent damage can occur to the cervix. This can lead to problems in future pregnancies in that the cervix is unable to hold the placenta in place. The risk of preterm birth and miscarriage increased by over 36% for women who have experienced an abortion in the past. Confused about how an abortion differs from a miscarriage? Click here to learn the difference.
2. Increased risk of mental health struggles.
One in five women regrets an abortion decision as early as two months after the abortion. A study done by The British Journal of Psychiatry showed that women who have had an abortion had an 80% increase in mental health struggles, with many women struggling from post-abortion stress syndrome, anxiety, and depression.
3. Risk of uterine damage during an abortion.
Removing a living, active pregnancy from the wall of the uterus causes heavy bleeding inside the uterus. An abortion can lead to hemorrhaging and scarring on the wall of the uterus, which can lead to the possibility of being unable to carry a pregnancy in the future.