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Side Effects of Abortion

Possible Physical Effects:

    • Hemorrhage
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Infection
    • Perforation of the uterus
    • Risk of miscarriage in later pregnancies is higher
    • Insomnia
    • Loss of appetite
    • Increased risk of breast cancer*

Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

*A first pregnancy permanently changes the structure of a woman’s breasts. Before she is pregnant, her breasts cannot produce milk, as the gland cells are immature and underdeveloped. When she becomes pregnant, estrogen and other hormones flood her system. This results in rapid growth in size, while the internal structure undergoes dramatic changes Cells previously dormant rapidly grow into a system of branching ducts and glands capable of producing milk. Once this process is complete by carrying the pregnancy to term, there is no further significant change the rest of her life. If, however, this process is interrupted by an abortion, the development of the cells halts at this unstable transition phase. Cancerous changes can and do occur more frequently among these transitional cells of a woman who has terminated her pregnancy. If she aborts more than once before completing a pregnancy, her chance for developing breast cancer increases even more.
Research says 1 woman in 10 will develop breast cancer. If a woman carries her first baby to term, she cuts her chance for breast cancer almost in half. Women who abort their first pregnancy almost double their chance. With 2 or more abortions, there is a three to four-fold increase.

Possible Psychological Effects

Some women experience an immediate feeling of relief following the abortion, but may find themselves later coping with feelings they did not expect. They may have a difficult time talking about these feelings. However, many women who have had abortions experience similar feelings. Some psychologists have labeled these problems as Post Abortion Stress (PAS). The symptoms of PAS span a wide range and can affect men who have lost a child to an abortion as well as women. Some of the psychological effects are:

    • Guilt
    • Suicidal impulses
    • Sense of loss
    • Sadness
    • Mourning
    • Regret and remorse
    • Lower self-esteem
    • Increased alcohol and drug use
    • Preoccupation with death
    • Self destructive behavior
    • Anger/rage
    • Despair
    • Loss of interest in sex
    • Inability to forgive self
    • Nightmares

Each year over 1,500,000 women have an abortion. To many, abortion seems to be the right decision at the time. But these women are often not told about the possible physical and psychological effects, which may stay with them for the rest of their lives.