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.
following list provides some of the possible reasons for
having an abortion:
Abnormalities in the baby
gets German Measles
risk to the mother, like severe heart disease, which
can get exaggerated if the pregnancy continues
of abnormalities in baby which are likely to be repeated
has taken medicines in the first trimester which are
contra-indicated during pregnancy
of contraceptive devices like copperT (loop) with pregnancy
unmarried girls, when continuation of pregnancy could
be responsible for severe psychological and emotional
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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