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Originally Published: August 1, 2008 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: March 1,
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Ok, straight up, do abortions hurt and what are the risks?

Dear Reader,

As valid as your question is, there unfortunately is not one "straight up"
answer. The reason is that there are different types of abortions that are
performed at different times, depending on how far along the woman is in
pregnancy and which method she prefers. Abortions performed by trained
medical professionals are very safe; however any medical procedure carries
some risk, including the risk of possible discomfort or pain. A woman's
overall health may impact her risk of complications; if you're considering
an abortion your health care provider will discuss your personal medical
history and any risks that apply to you. First trimester abortion is less
risky than carrying a pregnancy or going through childbirth — in the
United States, the risk of death associated with childbirth is about 10
times as high as the risk associated with all abortions.

As far as pain, local or general anesthetic is used for surgical abortions,
however, some women do describe a feeling of uncomfortable "pressure"
and/or pain


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