DEFCON 1: ABORT THIS MISSION!!

REASONS AND RISKS FOR A SURGICAL ABORTION

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Why the Procedure is Performed

Reasons a surgical abortion might be considered include:

  • You have made a personal decision not to carry the pregnancy.
  • Your baby has a birth defect or genetic problem.
  • Your pregnancy is harmful to your health (therapeutic abortion).
  • The pregnancy resulted after a traumatic event such as rape or incest.

The decision to end a pregnancy is very personal. To help you weigh your choices, discuss your feelings with a counselor or your health care provider. A family member or friend can also be of help.

Risks

Surgical abortion is very safe. It is very rare to have any complications.

Risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring of the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing
  • Not removing all of the tissue, requiring another procedure

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