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A friend had a surgical abortion a month ago. Since then she has bEen complaining of lower back pain and bleeding. The bleeding isn't constant but like 4days a week and she never really knows when to expect it. What could be wrong?

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Hello, Tinuke,

This is potentially serious. Abortion always harms a woman's body, but sometimes the harm is greater than what they intended. She should go see a doctor, other than the one who did the abortion. Abortion is bad medicine, so doctors who will do one cannot be trusted. Nor would that doctor want to admit he caused undue injury.

If I'd have to hazard a guess, I would say the bleeding is because of a tear in the cervix (there are always tiny tears; I'm talking about a bigger one) or a perforation in the uterus. These injuries are COMMON. The back pain could be caused by any number of things. It could be the uterus trying to clamp down so the bleeding will stop. It could be because of injury to the uterus or other internal organs. The bleeding can become life-threatening if she does too much of it. If she is feeling weak, she needs to see the doctor immediately (not tomorrow).

Please let me know how she does. Take good care of her.

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I can help women with the consideration of their decision, and with resources, and I can share my own experiences as the mother of seven and grandmother of eleven. My approach is to show love and concern, and help women work through the issues, emotional, spiritual, practical. I also help women deal with boyfriend and family issues. I am not a doctor, but I have done extensive medical research, so I may be able to help with information. I am female. When you write, if you are or were pregnant, please tell me how far along you were or are, and if you have had an abortion, please tell me what kind. Thank you.

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I have been working with women who are considering abortion for several years. I also work with women who have had abortions. Our family has also experienced adoption, so I can talk about that as well.

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I am mostly self-taught. I also studied midwifery for awhile. I have spent years doing research on this topic. In fact, I have been doing research and working in this area since the early 1970's. I have been helping women online for a few years, under the guidance of a woman who was formally training in counseling.

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