Pregnancy Complications After Abortion

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on March 27, 2012

An abortion means terminating a pregnancy, deliberately and unnaturally, through the use of medication or by undergoing a surgery, before the fetus can develop and live independently. If an abortion is done in the first trimester, i.e. within 24 weeks of getting pregnant, it is mostly safe. However, as a pregnancy progresses, the risks and complications of performing an abortion increase. There are several debates and discussions about subsequent pregnancy complications after abortion, which include not just the physical pregnancy complications, but also the emotional stress that an expectant mother may go through, when she gets pregnant after getting...

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...an abortion done previously. However, if the abortion was conducted in a proper manner, in a sterile and clean environment, through a surgical procedure involving a medication based methods and practices and was performed by experienced medical professionals, with the use of appropriate equipment, a woman should not have any problems in conceiving again, after waiting for an adequate period of time. However, if the abortion was performed unprofessionally, resulting in some residual tissue or infections that were not treated in time, some major complications may arise, where the woman may not be able to get pregnant again. Therefore, a badly performed abortion could cause infertility problems. Statistics show that between 2% to 5% of all abortions, can cause infertility problems. This is mainly due to the occurrence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

Multiple Abortions

In case of women who have been through multiple abortions, the chances of conceiving again may get effected to a slight extent. Abortions and other surgical procedures could leave scars on the uterus. A woman may find it more difficult to conceive, if the scars are near the fallopian tubes. Multiple abortions could also weaken the cervix, although this problem can be rectified through a simple procedure. It is interesting to note that there are several women across the world, who have had healthy babies, even after going through multiple abortions. For women who are trying to conceive, it may be a good idea to improve their chances, by keeping a track of their ovulation dates. It may also be necessary to make a few lifestyle changes in preparation, like switching to a healthy diet and staying away from caffeine, alcohol, drugs and smoking. In some cases, an abortion can leave emotional scars, instead of physical ones. This trauma can lead to stress during the pregnancy, subsequently causing many other complications. Therefore it is best to undergo counseling, before planning a subsequent pregnancy, to avoid any pregnancy complications.

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