I've had an abortion in the past. Is this a problem?

The fact that you’ve had a previous abortion is not likely to affect your pregnancy.

The fact that you’ve had a previous abortion is not likely to affect the health of another pregnancy. If there were no problems with your abortion it will not affect your future chances of becoming pregnant and it won’t increase your risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or low placenta. Studies have shown that there is a very small increased risk (around 1.5 percent) of premature birth linked to previous abortion.

Repeated abortions can cause damage to your cervix and increase your risk of late miscarriage.

Although you do not have to tell your midwife about a previous abortion, it’s best to mention it so that they have your full pregnancy history. Your midwife won’t judge you and they are unlikely to refer to it again. The information about your abortion doesn’t need to go into your pregnancy notes.

If you take someone along to your antenatal appointments and want to talk to the midwife about your abortion in private, your partner, family member or friend can wait outside for this part of the appointment. In fact, the midwife will normally want to speak with you alone at least once in case there is anything you’d like to talk about in confidence.

If it’s difficult to talk to the midwife alone during an antenatal appointment, you can ring your midwife and arrange to speak to her privately later.

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1. RCOG (2012) Information for you: Abortion care, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-abortion-care.pdf

2. RCOG (2011) The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion: Evidence-based Clinical Guideline Number 7, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/abortion-guideline_web_1.pdf.

3. NHS Choices [accessed 10 February 2015] ‘Abortion – Risks’, : http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Abortion/Pages/Risks.aspx 

4. General Medical Council (2014) ‘Confidentiality guidance: sharing information with a patient’s partner, carers, relatives or friends’, London, GMC: http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/confidentiality_64_66_sharing_information.asp 

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Feb 2017 - 10:05

    Unknowingly in an immature stage I fall in love with one person & finally ends with an abortion in a hospital..Now I got married and planning for kids..If I conceives now does doctor identifies about my previous abortion ..?? Bcoz no one knows about my past in my family..

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Feb 2017 - 14:03

    You have the right to keep anything private. It can be useful to tell your midwife your previous history but this doesn't need to be visible on your notes. Often a midwife will find a point in the booking appointment to talk to you on your own or if this is not possible you can call the midwife at a different time to discuss it with her. Please be confident that no one will judge you. Best wishes x

  • By Deirdre@Tommy's on 1 Jun 2016 - 12:44

    It is unlikely that a previous abortion would affect a later pregnancy but if you would like to, please call our midwives on 0800 0147 800 to talk. They are on the line 9-5 Mon to Friday.
    Hope this helps,

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 May 2016 - 12:16

    I feel in love with a wrong person and became pregnant 3 years ago. He wasn't supportive, and also due to my families situation, I had to undergo abortion without any option,  I am unable to reveal this to anyone around, as it would create a huge issue in my family. Now am 23 my parents had found the right guy for me and am happily got married 1 year before. Now we are plan to have a baby. So before that we went  hospital to know my health condition. And gynecologist prefer to anxioum to conceive scan.My worry is that, will my abortion affect my future? Can doctor identify that i have undergone abortion in my past ? Am completely worried about it. Can someone help me on this ? Also, my husband don't know about my past. Kindly help me with my question.

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