Common Misconceptions About Abortion

An abortion is a safe, legal and effective way to end an unplanned pregnancy in Singapore. Despite its accessibility and efficacy, abortion procedures remain shrouded in misconceptions. Read on to separate fact from fiction when it comes to an abortion.

What is an abortion?

An abortion refers to medical and surgical procedures that terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This procedure is legal in Singapore, provided that the pregnancy does not exceed 24 weeks. The exception is when continuing the pregnancy poses a risk to the life of the pregnant woman, in which case an abortion will be allowed. In Singapore, abortion services must only be carried out in an accredited abortion clinic by a qualified doctor.

Here are some common misconceptions:

  • Abortion is dangerous. All abortion procedures are very safe and pose no long-term consequence so long as they are done by a licensed abortion doctor in an accredited hospital or clinic. The risks of death and complications due to an abortion remain extremely low when performed under these settings.
  • Abortion prevents future pregnancies. Pregnancy is dependent on a woman’s ovulation cycle and other contributing factors to fertility, which are not affected by abortion procedures. In fact, as an abortion tends to restart a woman’s menstrual cycle after 4 to 8 weeks, immediate pregnancy after abortion is possible. This is why doctors recommend birth control methods to be put in place soon after the procedure.
  • Abortion causes breast cancer. Most studies have shown that there is no link between having an abortion and breast cancer. This misconception first arose as an abortion was thought to interrupt the normal hormonal cycle arising from pregnancy and increasing the risk of breast cancer. However, many reputable studies have proven this not to be the case.

A Singapore abortion provides a safe and confidential way to terminate an unplanned pregnancy. It is a minor outpatient procedure that must be done by a qualified doctor in an accredited clinic.

Headed by Dr Ben Choey, W GYNAE Women’s Clinic offers a range of women’s health services, including the management of unplanned pregnancies. For enquiries, please reach us at +65 6455 0050