Abortion:

Induced abortion ( )

An abortion is an artificially induced premature ending to a pregnancy. An abortion is different from a miscarriage, which has natural causes. It can be performed for personal reasons after a detailed consulting, for medical reasons, or for criminological reasons. Even personal reasons need to be significant to perform the abortion legally and within a certain time period.

Full Description

An abortion is an artificially induced premature ending to a pregnancy. It can be performed for personal reasons (psychological, social) after a detailed consulting, for medical reasons (e.g. danger for the mother), or for criminological reasons (e.g. pregnancy following rape). Even personal reasons need to be significant to perform the abortion legally and within a certain time period.

Symptoms

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Swelling in the genital area, Swelling of the testicles, Testicular pain, Distended abdomen, Abdominal pain, Bleeding from vagina, Back pain

Medical Conditions

The medicines used for a medicinal abortion can cause side-effects such as nausea and vomiting, uterine cramps up to a tearing of the uterus, stomach/abdominal cramps, headache. In case of strong bleeding or a suspected uterine rupture, an additional surgery may be necessary. The risks of a surgical abortion include the risks of all surgeries, such as infections, injury of nerves and vessels, and further injuries or weaknesses of the uterus that may cause complications for successive pregnancies. The psychological consequences should not be underestimated and treated as well. The patients should be supported for some time during their period of mourning.

Treatment

Generally, a pregnancy can be terminated medicinally or instrumentally/surgically, sometimes a combination of both treatments can be necessary. For a medicinal abortion, contractions-causing medication will be administered to drive out the fruit. Possible instrumental measures are suction-curettage, curettage or even the removal of the uterus.