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The earlier in the pregnancy that a termination is performed, the safer the operation.
The safest time to perform a termination of pregnancy is between 6 and 8 weeks of amenorrhoea.
Long-term sequelae of termination of pregnancy (e.g. cervical incompetence due to dilatation and tears of the internal os) means that there is an increased risk of spontaneous abortion between the 16th and 25th weeks of amenorrhoea.