Motherhood is every woman's one of the most life-changing and beautiful phases of their lives. The natural wanting and desire to have a baby and become a mother makes a woman special being, and probably the strongest human species who go through the unimaginable pain of childbirth.     

However, this transition can be quite overwhelming and stressful for women who are juggling between jobs and aspire to do something in our lives.

The unwanted pregnancy, lack of proper planning, pre-mature pregnancy, are one of the major reasons why the young women of today are choosing abortion," Pro-life, Pro-choice"

The rate of abortion throughout the world have been increasing worldwide and despite all the medical facilities and legalized abortions, abortion invites several health complications; physical and emotional side effects that could eventually lead to long-term health complications.

This article covers the major side effects of abortion in a women's health that we should not miss out to know.

Physical dangers associated with abortion

Abortion is simply the termination of pregnancy by removing a growing fetus or embryo. 

Statistics on Abortion in the USA reveals the untold truth behind abortion as approximately 10% of women undergoing abortions suffer immediate physical complications.

Source: New HealthnAdvisor

The physical effects range from minor complications to major health issues. The side effects immediately after the procedure. The effects can last as long as weeks, months and even years. 

Some minor health issues include:

  • Excessive Bleeding

  • Abdominal Swelling and cramping

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Although these complications can be cured but depending upon the health of women and the safety measures applied during the procedure, the effects can result in life-threatning complications which include

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

    This disease mostly affects the vaginal area that results in swelling of the vagina and severe abdominal pain. The vagina produces an unpleasant vaginal discharge. The body temperature of the individual rises and the uterus of the patient can also swell up.
  • Uterine Perforation

Among all the abortion patients, nearly 2-3% of them might suffer perforation( hole) in the uterus. The risk of uterine perforation is very high among women who have previously given birth. This leads to internal bleeding and uterine damage resulting in complications in later pregnancies.

Suction Abortion in a diagram, Source: Raindrop.org

  • Cancer

As most abortion methods involve medical abortion, by consuming pharmaceuticals (medicines), this method eventually increases the risk of cancer like cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and liver cancer in women.

A single abortion in a life-time increases the risk of cancer in women by 2.3 times.  These increased cancer rates for post-aborted women may be linked to the unnatural disruption of the hormonal changes which accompany pregnancy and untreated cervical damage or to increased stress and the negative impact of stress on the immune system.

  • Infertility

For all the women, not having a baby in their life is never an option as motherhood completes a woman. It's waiting for the right time, that leads them to choose this procedure.

Unsafe methods of abortion definitely increase the chances of infections of fallopian tubes, termed as salpingitis. If the situation worsens, then some women might suffer infertility for the rest of their lives.

Emotional side effects of abortion

Although most of the abortion done by women under their own will, there are also many cases of abortion carried out under the pressure of parents or spouse or due to social stigma.

Source: Go Ask Mum

Sources reported that a study done in California revealed that women who had abortions were 160 percent likely to be further hospitalized for psychiatric treatment than normal delivering women, and diagnosed with Post Abortion Syndrome.

Source: Mom.girlstalk

Many post-abortive women were found to suffer emotional changes some of which includes:

  • Guilt and Drepression

  • Isolated Behaviour

  • Loss of selfconfidence

  • Insomnia

  • Failed marriages or relationships

  • Agression and suicidal tendency

  • Anorexia

  • Religious conflict

Well, understanding and having the knowledge related to risks of abortion very crucial. Although the above-mentioned risks do not occur frequently, staying aware of the risks is what matters the most.