Will a past abortion affect my pregnancy?

If you have had an abortion before it is unlikely to affect another pregnancy.

Having an abortion (also known as a termination) won’t affect your chances of getting pregnant and having normal pregnancies in the future. It doesn’t increase your risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or low placenta, either. 

What are the risks of a previous abortion to pregnancy?

You may have a slightly higher risk of premature birth.

If you develop a womb infection after an abortion this can spread to your fallopian tubes and ovaries. This is known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can make it more difficult to get pregnant and increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Most infections are treated before they reach this stage and you should be given antibiotics before an abortion to reduce the risk of infection.

Should I tell the midwife about a previous abortion?

You do not have to tell your midwife that you’ve had an abortion before, but it’s best to mention it so 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 want to talk to the midwife about your abortion in private, you should have the opportunity at one of your antenatal appointments. If someone goes with you, such as a partner, family member or friend, you can always ask them to wait outside for a moment.

You can always ring your midwife to arrange a private conversation if this is easier.

Anything you say to your midwife or doctor is in confidence. This means that that can’t tell anyone else without your permission, even your partner.

Read more frequently asked questions in pregnancy

Sources

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2012) Abortion care https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-abortion-care.pdf

NHS Choices (accessed 18/07/2018) Abortion risks https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/risks/#effect-on-fertility-and-future-pregnancies (Page last reviewed: 17/08/2016 Next review due: 17/08/2019) 

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Last reviewed on March 27th, 2019. Next review date March 27th, 2022.

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  • By Joyce (not verified) on 11 Jun 2019 - 21:51

    I aborted my 18 weeks pregnancy January this year because my fiancee's mother made it clear to me and my family that she doesn't support our relationship when she came to visit, now I am married and I have been trying to conceive for months now and my results are negative. What are my chances of getting pregnant again?

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Jun 2019 - 02:38

    I had Abortion 5weeks ago and now am pregnant,Have not seen my first period after it but am pregnant, is my pregnancy safe ,can I keep it

  • By ESTHER (not verified) on 31 May 2019 - 06:53

    i have an abortion seven time within 3year now im married for two month im not pregnant what do i do

  • By Jessica (not verified) on 30 May 2019 - 04:28

    Hi I have had a medical abortion taking the pill . I have 2 healthy kids now husband wants another baby , if I decide to get pregnant again will I conceive a healthy baby ? The pill wouldn’t affect birth defect

  • By Adjoa Korama (not verified) on 27 May 2019 - 13:43

    I had a surgical abortion (7 weeks) in August last year. I had normal period until 3 months ago when it got scanty and last month the blood that came during period was black and very little. I had a scan which shows my uterus is normal in size and normal echo pattern. Endometrium is normal. Pouch of Douglas and Adnexa is free. I'm yet to see a gynaecologist but I'm scared the irregularity could be because of the abortion which might affect me getting pregnant again.

  • By Lihle (not verified) on 21 May 2019 - 14:50

    Hai I had abortion six years back at the back rooms with the pill that they say I misy put under my tongue, then after that I used a morning after a lot, now I want to have a child I have been trying for the past four months without any luck, is my past gonna Blick me from having a healthy pregnancy

  • By Karabo (not verified) on 19 May 2019 - 12:50

    Hi, I've had 1 abortion 2 years ago and 2 abortions this year.I'm worried about my future pregnancies. Will I be able to have babies when I am finally ready?

  • By Twinkle (not verified) on 7 May 2019 - 06:09

    I abort my first child by using inserting and taking pill.. But now m married but m not getting pregnant.. Now m afraid that am I not going to get pregnanat again in future

  • By Thilini (not verified) on 24 Apr 2019 - 07:24

    I have previously had a medical termination due to spina bifida, & it's my first time. Now in my my first period and how can i conceive again with healthy way.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Apr 2019 - 16:54

    Hi Thilini,
    It would be normally recommended that you take a higher dose of folic acid, 5mg at least 2 months prior to conception to reduce the risk of having another baby with spina bifida. You may whish to speak with your GP before trying.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Sue (not verified) on 11 Apr 2019 - 22:42

    I had an abortion like 20 years ago, I can’t rem The place I went and I am wanting to know all the information I can for some reason

  • By Sweetie (not verified) on 26 Mar 2019 - 18:06

    I had c-section for my first baby after like 9 months I became pregnant but me n my husband opted for abortion considering the risk factors, so I had my first abortion on 4th month of pregnancy, for which I had to take lot of medicines intake in from top n bottom, doctor advised to have at least an year Gap, but after three months I got positive when I did scan it was sack but no heartbeat, doctor advised pill I took which din't work so I took 2nd dose, it's three months now I'm pregnant again.

    Physically I'm not ready because initial 2 times when aborted heavy bleeding, also in last 6 months I took pill dose more than 4 times because of first times which din't work.

    What are the risk chances for baby abnormalities/growth if I continue the pregnancy?

    If I opt for one more abortion this time what are the risk factors & can I plan for pregnancy next time after 2yrs?

  • By Queen (not verified) on 26 Mar 2019 - 17:07

    I had an abortion 8 years ago my blood group is o- and my fiance's is o+ I didn't take any medication I don't know if I can give birth without miscarriage

  • By Joy (not verified) on 22 Mar 2019 - 05:43

    I had a D and C last month February, and this month of March am pregnant again I don’t want to keep it what are the risk involve? And pls I need a good pill to use I don’t want to have a D and C again.

  • By emie (not verified) on 6 Mar 2019 - 02:59

    hi dr,i aborted my baby 6months ago due to some reason ,now am hapilly married and am one month pregnant but i have heavybleeding ,am worried that my first abortion may affect my pregnant,what could be the cause.thank u

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Mar 2019 - 12:15

    Hi Emie,
    Please try not to worry, there is not evidence to suggest that it is harder to conceive or there would be a risk to the pregnancy after having an abortion. It is common to worry about the type of parent you will be and how you will feel about your baby, but you won't know until you are pregnant. It may be that some counselling would be helpful to manage your feelings around having the abortion and a new pregnancy.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Shreya (not verified) on 29 Mar 2019 - 12:00

    Hello , I had 1 abortion in 2012 now I m married in 2016 soo I m trying to conceive frm 3 yr bt I can't . & I also had a irregular periods at Dec to Feb & my previous abortion also in between Dec to Feb .soo I am worried about my previous abortion is it affect my body can I get pregnant again in future

  • By martha (not verified) on 1 Mar 2019 - 22:55

    Please I had an abortion 4 years ago, and I got sick and I went to the hospital, I now discover that my blood group is B - and the person that got me pregnant then was A + and now he wants to marry me, I didn't take any medication then, so I am afraid if I can be able to give birth again.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Mar 2019 - 16:05

    Hi Martha, Please don't worry. Your blood groups are not incompatible and there is no known reason you should not have a successful pregnancy in the future. Best wishes for your marriage.

  • By Virginia (not verified) on 25 Feb 2019 - 10:08

    I personally don't support abortion but I had one due to my mental health problems and my second c section scar that is still new,I have made my mental health problems because I can't cope with the abortion and it goes against my belief and now I feel like a hypocrite but one thing I have learned from this is never to judge anyone unless you have been in their shoes.i am angry at myself for falling pregnant so soon knowing I am not in a position mentally and physically to look after a small baby

  • By Virginia (not verified) on 25 Feb 2019 - 10:01

    I am 29 years old married with 2 kids I had 2 c section and and suffered from post partum anxiety that manifested physically,I am still trying to heal from that and 21 months later I fell pregnant and I was very scared that my wound is nt strong enough to carry pregnancy full term and I am still suffering from my mental health problems so I decided to have an abortion which I regret so much but I was stupid to fall pregnant knowing very well of my condition but I had no choice bt to terminate

  • By Portia (not verified) on 23 Feb 2019 - 18:08

    Im supposed to be 9 weeks and 3 days pregnant but today my baby measured 6 weeks and 3 days. I have been bleeding for almost 11 days... I'm worried I'm still spotting. The baby was there and the heartbeat was there as well...

  • By faith (not verified) on 17 Jan 2019 - 16:46

    iam 26 and aborted my 1st pregnancy in 2015 because i got involvd with a man out of fear of being married off to my brother inlaw old enough to be my father as per custom.But he denyed responsibilities,so i opt to abort.the other reason i aborted is that i cudnt raise my child alone because of the pepetual poverty we were living in and i was so desparate to be in college.and the college i was selected to,they cudnt admit pregnant women by policy.later in 2017 while in college,i found another man i loved and he loved me too.I was so open with my past abortion and he didnt judge me.later on i got pregnant and he asked me to abort because we were both in college and not stable enough to raise a child.but now we are both stable and want to start a family.my 1st abortion was done at 4 months with the medical pill i drunk.my 2nd was done at 2 months with the inserting pill.can those past abortions hav an effect on my future pregnancy and on the motherly instings.Am afraid i might not love my children as i should.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jan 2019 - 13:15

    Hi Faith,
    Please try not to worry, there is not evidence to suggest that it is harder to conceive or there would be a risk to the pregnancy after having two abortions. It is common to worry about the type of parent you will be and how you will feel about your baby, but you won't know until you are pregnant. Your midwife will be there to support you suggests ways to help you bond with your baby. It may be that some counselling would be helpful to manage your feelings around having the abortions and a new pregnancy.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Afia (not verified) on 17 Jan 2019 - 12:51

    I did an abortion ten years ago and l'm married now .I've trying for a baby for one and a half years now but no result.went to do test and the doc said l have a mild fluid in my pouch of Douglas.I'm on medication now what are my chances cos lm really worried

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jan 2019 - 13:02

    Hi Afia - Thank you for your message.
    I'm sorry to hear you are having difficulties conceiving, hopefully the medication your doctor has prescribed will help.

    A pouch of Douglas in women is the deepest point of the peritoneal cavity, behind the uterus and in front of the rectum. It is normal to have approximately 1 to 3 ml of fluid in the pouch throughout the menstrual cycle. After ovulation there is between 4 and 5 ml of fluid in the recto-uterine pouch.

  • By Manika (not verified) on 8 Jan 2019 - 07:03

    Hi last year I had to abort my baby as my baby was not fine. His spinal was not straight so doctor advised me to abort d baby.
    So from last 2 months I am trying to conceive bt m not getting pregnant. Wat could b d reason for dis?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2019 - 12:27

    Dear Manika - I am so sorry to read of the loss of your baby last year. Without knowing more details about your pregnancy history, I'm afraid I cannot advise on possible reasons why you may be finding it hard to conceive - have you discussed your concerns with your doctor/GP? If you would like to discuss more in detail, lease email us on [email protected] or call our pregnancy information line 08000147800

  • By merina (not verified) on 23 Dec 2018 - 11:57

    I was11 Week pregnant but aborted before 7 months ago, I didn't use post pill but I don't have get pregnancy. tell me why I am not pregnant?

  • By Linda (not verified) on 29 Nov 2018 - 13:13

    I had a surgical abortion 10 years ago and since then i had not tried to conceive until this year. I got pregnant after 8 months and after 7 weeks i started bleeding and in 2 days my baby just left.
    I only had pregnancy symptoms for like 2 weeks after i tested positive. Afterwards, I was all normal, no morning sickness, no tiredness- basically i was okay until i got a flu on Saturday morning and with all the heavy sneezing i started bleeding.
    I am so scared that i ever mentioned this to my husband or doctor- and i dont want to since it never had any complications at that time.
    i had done a vaginal ultrasound and the results were normal and the doctor (before i conceived) said that i had no problem.
    This is killing me.Is my miscarriage associated to my previous abortion, or to the flu or by the fact that i am a care assistant who's work involves loads of bending- although since i discovered i was regnant, my senior gave me lighter duties so the bending was not tooo much.

    If its worth noting- I moved from a all year round warm country to England this year. Could this be affecting me?

    I am empty. i feel like am being punished for my past mistakes.
    Thank you.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Dec 2018 - 12:54

    Hi Linda, No it is unlikely that the miscarriage is related to any of these reasons. Miscarriage affects about 1:4 pregnancies and in most cases there is no known reason. It is believed that many early miscarriages are related to abnormalities in the baby. This is not your fault and you are not being punished. Please be reassured that only 1:100 women will have recurrent miscarriages so you are more than likely to go on to have a healthy pregnancy in the future. Best wishes from Tommy's midwives

  • By Katie (not verified) on 24 Nov 2018 - 11:06

    Hello
    My first appointment with midwifewill be next week and im sooo worried because i do not want her to mention my previous abortion in front of my husband. So will she just ask me question about it? or she will get information from medical record? Please let me know im sooo worried and sad

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Nov 2018 - 12:31

    Hi Katie, This information may have been highlighted to the midwife in the GP referral letter but I would expect the midwife to ask you openly about any previous pregnancies and if you deny any, she or he will not ask any further. We do also sometimes try to find a time when we can speak to you in confidence (perhaps when you go to the toilet to give a urine sample) and you may be able to ask at that time for the subject of termination to be avoided.
    I understand your fear but would also reassure you that there is nothing to be ashamed of and for what ever reason you chose to terminate, this was your choice which should be respected. I hope this reassures you. Best wishes x

  • By Shelly (not verified) on 27 Oct 2018 - 13:39

    I had a surgical abortion a year ago and now I'm 7 months pregnant and feeling terrible abdominal pain is it related to the abortion

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Oct 2018 - 15:22

    Hi Shelly, no it won't be related to your abortion a year ago, but it is really important that you go to your nearest maternity unit for urgent review. Abdominal pain at any gestation needs review by a midwife and obstetric doctor.
    Please take good care of yourself
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Shey (not verified) on 9 Oct 2018 - 06:01

    I had 2 abortions..from then I took emergency pills lyk 3times.av been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend for 2 years..and I still receive my periods.. Does that imply I can't be pregnant..is my cervix damaged???

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Oct 2018 - 12:45

    Hi Shey
    If you have been trying to conceive for two years and you have not yet had a positive pregnancy test, then it would be sensible for you to go to your Dr to discuss this. They can then refer you to a Gynaecology and Obstetrics Consultant for a review which may involve an Ultrasound scan and some blood tests. The results of these tests may be able to help you in finding a reason for this, if there is one, or guide how you can continue trying to conceive in future. All the best
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Rose stephien (not verified) on 8 Oct 2018 - 23:29

    Hi my name is rose I had a termination 15 years a go and now I want to conceive I have been trying for few month now but not successful would I be able to get pregnant ? Many thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Oct 2018 - 12:40

    Hi Rose
    Conceiving can take up to a year for many women, so only a few months is not a concern. Having had a termination 15 yrs ago should not cause you any issues, unless you have been told this by your doctor if there were complications.
    There are many things you can do to aid you becoming pregnant - see links below.
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy/how-get-pregnant
    All the best
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Joy (not verified) on 12 Sep 2018 - 21:51

    Can scan detect or any equipment to test if someone has done abortion before

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Sep 2018 - 11:50

    Hi Joy, Thank you for your comment.
    It is difficult to understand what you are asking? It this for yourself or someone else? We cannot scan someone to see if there has been evidence of a previous abortion, we would expect the individual to disclose if they have had an abortion in the past but even then, they don't have to disclose this information if they don't want to. Hope this answers your question. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Maths blessing (not verified) on 19 Mar 2019 - 16:36

    Can scan show if your womb is OK

  • By Ayabonga (not verified) on 8 Sep 2018 - 21:21

    I had a medical abortion in 2016 now a want a baby how can I do?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Sep 2018 - 10:50

    To help answer your question we would need more information from you
    Please contact us on Tommy's Pregnancy Line 0800 0147 800 or email midwife @tommys.org for more personal advice related to your question
    I have attached a link with more information about keeping healthy and planning your next pregnancy
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy/12-things-do-when-trying-baby
    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy/top-tips-getting-pregnant

  • By Arpita Bhadra (not verified) on 18 Sep 2018 - 15:39

    I got two times abortion .First time by medicine and second time by sergery .How can i get pregnency without any risk .Is it possible .I m so worried about that .Plz help me ..

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Sep 2018 - 14:24

    Hi Arpita, Thank you for your comment.
    If you have no ongoing issues with the 2 terminations that you have had, then there should be no known issues at this time in falling pregnant. There is a small increased risk of premature birth after having a termination but you will be see regularly by a midwife in a pregnancy. If you have any concerns about the terminations that you had, then we would suggest that you speak to your GP who can look at your records and see if there are any issues with this. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By May (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 05:06

    I need to talk and
    Would like advice

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2019 - 13:17

    Hi May,
    If you would like some advice then please do email us [email protected]
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Jay (not verified) on 30 Jul 2018 - 17:03

    I am 7weeks and 5 day pregnant and scan had confirmed my cervix closed, is there any way I can abort it, it can at the wrong time

  • By Beauty (not verified) on 25 Jul 2018 - 01:08

    When i got to know that I was pregnant, I took some medicine in other to terminate the pregnancy but it wasn't successful and I visit a doctor for a surgical procedure and it was done.
    Few weeks later I noticed that am still pregnant and I went for a scan and it was confirmed to me that my baby is fine that no abortion was done...please I want to know if such baby will be be born healthy cos am already in my 8th month and am getting scared please advice

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