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Risks and Consequences of Abortion

As with any medical procedure there are always risks to consider

Considering Abortion

Some women feel that abortion is a quick, immediate solution to the crisis pregnancy. Other women feel pressured by others to consider abortion.

Our trained counsellors are available to discuss with you any questions you may have regarding having an abortion.

We are here to help you understand all your options so you can make a well-informed decision. It is your pregnancy, your right to know, and your decision. We are committed to providing you with caring emotional support, no matter what your decision.

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Abortion Procedures

In South African State Health Facilities the general abortion procedures used are:

  1. Chemical Abortion (Abortion Pill) up to 8 weeks after last period.
  2. Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) up to 12 weeks after last period.
  3. Induction of labour up to 20 weeks after last period.

An ultrasound may be given before an abortion to determine the stage of pregnancy and also afterwards to determine if the abortion is complete. Sometimes a D & C is required to complete the process under anaesthetic.

See also Stages of Pregnancy



Physical & Emotional

  1. Perforation of the Uterus. This complication increases with the length of pregnancy.
  2. Some bleeding is normal but if the cervix is torn or the uterus punctured there is the risk of severe bleeding (Haemorrhage)
  3. Infection from insertion of medical instruments or fetal parts mistakenly left behind.
  4. Cervix may be cut, torn or damaged by abortion instruments.

There is evidence that abortion is associated with decrease in both emotional and physical health. For some women these emotions may be very strong, they may appear days or years later.



Post Abortion Stress

There is a relief stage after an abortion, but questions then arise whether it was the right decision to abort. Women either talk about the pain they are beginning to experience or use defence mechanism to protect against the pain. As other stresses enter her life she may not have the energy to cope with both. It is here that symptoms may appear.

These may include the following: Guilt or shame, fear or anxiety, anger, avoidance behaviour, emotional numbing, depression, thoughts of suicide, re-experiencing, disturbing dreams, worry, denial, substance abuse, destructive relationships, sensitivity to babies or pregnant women, disregard for personal safety, aversion to vacuum cleaners, anniversary reactions or flashbacks…

If you find yourself in turmoil or experiencing any of these feelings after an abortion, contact us today.



There are many couples, who are unable to have children, longing for the opportunity to adopt a baby that they can love and cherish.

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