JUL 06, 2016 6:21 AM PDT

How an Abortion Affects the Woman

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

In June of 2016, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found a surge in abortion rates amid the Zika scare. As more women are exercising their rights to reproductive options, it seems appropriate to open the conversation on the health risks of abortions on the women undergoing these procedures.

An abortion is defined as the ending of a pregnancy early. Some pregnancies spontaneously abort on its own, while at times, a woman may choose to end the pregnancy either through medication (mifepristone and Misoprostol) or surgery. For both types of abortions, the intervention is usually done in the first trimester of the pregnancy.

Medical abortions are considered 97% effective while surgical abortion is nearly 100% effective. Common side effects of both types of procedures include abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, and bleeding. In rare cases, surgical abortions can scar or perforate the lining of the uterus, causing heavy bleeding, infection, or sepsis. Most of the time, undergoing an abortion does not impact a woman's ability to conceive in the future. Of course, psychological and emotional impacts of abortions also vary significantly for every woman, thus appropriate medical guidance is critical for women at every step.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
NOV 06, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
The Most Powerful X-ray Source On Earth
NOV 06, 2020
The Most Powerful X-ray Source On Earth
Located inside the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Z Pulsed Power Facility (or Z Machine) i ...
NOV 19, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Unlocking the Secret of a Tasty Cold Drink
NOV 19, 2020
Unlocking the Secret of a Tasty Cold Drink
Sour beer isn't for everyone: its unique taste of acidity and tartness could excite some but turn off others.  ...
DEC 15, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Over-the-air Charging - How Close Are We to Realize Tesla's Vision?
DEC 15, 2020
Over-the-air Charging - How Close Are We to Realize Tesla's Vision?
When inventor and visionary Nikola Tesla erected his Wardenclyffe Tower, a 186-feet tall and 68-feet wide monstrous towe ...
DEC 15, 2020
Immunology
The Possibility of Improving an Older Adult's Response to Vaccines
DEC 15, 2020
The Possibility of Improving an Older Adult's Response to Vaccines
A recent study published in the eLife journal examined how they can improve older adults' responses to vaccines ...
JUN 05, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Washington State University Opens Cannabis Research Center
JUN 05, 2021
Washington State University Opens Cannabis Research Center
Washington State University (WSU) has announced the opening of a multi-disciplinary research center with nearly 100 scie ...
JUL 03, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
JUL 03, 2021
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
Researchers led by the University of Maryland have found that the sun's magnetic field is the reason behind the larg ...
Loading Comments...