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What are the risks of having a second abortion after a month?

Your Question:

Dear Experts,

I had an abortion a little over a month ago and now I’m pregnant again. What are the risks of having a second abortion?

Leann7123, 03.30.07

The Answer:

Dear Leann7123,

Abortion is a very safe procedure. It’s about twice as safe as having tonsils removed, and is much safer than giving birth.

The risks for the second abortion are generally the same as for the first, if they are both performed at the same stage of pregnancy. There is no evidence that having more than one abortion causes any health problems.

However, the risks increase the longer a pregnancy goes on. That’s why the most important thing is not to delay the abortion procedure. Generally, the earlier the abortion, the safer it is.

The need for abortion can be prevented by proper use of birth control. Call 1-800-230-PLAN for information about birth control and abortion services at your nearest Planned Parenthood.

Hope this information helps!

Take care,

teenwire.com® Editors

This column is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have a medical problem, please call toll-free 1-800-230-PLAN for an appointment with the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you.