What Are The Long Term Effects of Abortion?

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One of the concerns that many women express when considering pregnancy termination is whether it will have any lasting effects on their health. The good news is that having an abortion is very safe and there is no evidence of any long-term impact.

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Health and Fertility

Having an abortion is very safe and there should be no long-term effects on your health. Although there is a small chance of complications, such as damage to the cervix during a surgical abortion, these can usually be treated quickly. You should contact your doctor right away if you experience any problems after the abortion so that you can get the care that you need. If you are thinking about having an abortion, you will be able to discuss the potential risks and effects in greater detail with your doctor before the procedure.

Many women worry that having an abortion could have a long-term impact on their fertility, but there is no evidence of any such effect. Women who have had a medical or surgical abortion are just as likely to get pregnant and have a healthy baby as those who have not. This is why it is important to use contraception right after a pregnancy termination if you want to avoid conceiving again.

Emotional Impact

Although there are rarely any long term physical effects after a pregnancy termination, there can be a lasting emotional impact. You may always feel relieved and sure that you made the right choice, or you may experience some sadness and regret in the future. Everyone reacts to their experiences differently, so it is impossible to predict how you will feel after the abortion. However, it is equally impossible to know how you will feel if you go ahead with the pregnancy. Whatever decision you make, support is available from your GP, specialists and support groups. 

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