Saturday, March 27, 2010

What a Pain.

Abortion is a medical procedure-- not a walk in the park. This is code for “Even in the hands of a good doctor, there are many risks involved.” For one, there are physical complications that can arise during the procedure and shortly after. In some cases, there are complications that can occur a long time after the procedure and carry the risk of long-term effects. For these reasons, it is important to be well-informed. Let's take a look at some of the common risks associated with aborting a baby.

Pain. In early-term procedures, abortions are performed under a local anesthetic. Despite their use, it's not abnormal to experience sensations ranging from discomfort to pain during the procedure, the level varying from person to person. The procedure performed is also a factor (ex. a higher level of pain is associated with the abortion pill). Additionally, abdominal pain should be expected for a few days following the surgery.

Infection. All abortion procedures carry some risk of infection, however big or small. The most common infection is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). While this reproductive system infection is fairly common, it can have very serious effects if left untreated. It's common for abscesses to be formed by tissue disintegration and are surrounded by an inflamed area. Ectopic pregnancies, a complication of pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum is developed in tissue other than the uterine wall, are also very likely. Pain and infertility are other complications associated with PID.

Permanent damage. Termination procedures can sometimes result in damage to the reproductive organs, namely cervical laceration and uterine perforation. In rare cases, surgical tools can puncture the uterus and cause damage to nearby organs, such as the bladder. Any damage to the cervix and/or the uterus that is not immediately diagnosed can present future problems. Untreated uterine perforations sometimes require partial or full hysterectomies. A hysterectomy is the surgery excision of the uterus. Meanwhile, the scarring of reproductive organs can increase the risk of infertility or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
These are only THREE of the main after-effects of abortion.

Tonya, age 21, said, "I don't remember much of it because they gave me something to relax, through an IV. I do remember telling them that it hurt, even if I can't remember the pain it must have been very painful because if I am saying it hurt when I had something to relax me, it must have been horrible. When the abortion was finished they took me into the recovery room where several girls were. Bob [her boyfriend] was unable to come in with me because it would be uncomfortable for the other girls in there. The nurse asked me if I wanted to see what they took out and I said yes. It didn't look like much, but I felt emptiness. I was in pain for weeks afterwards, bad cramping and spotting. I called to make sure it was normal and they said as long as I don't have a fever it was."

If you're considering having an abortion done, take the time to research the effects it will have on your body.

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