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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    • By cali (not verified) on 14 Nov 2019 - 12:41

      i need help.i did an abortion years back and now when i get pregnant is going out like miscarage..plz help..thank u

    • By Natasha banda (not verified) on 31 Oct 2019 - 07:09

      Hey there I was pregnant in 2014 and I did the abortion and started taking family planning since then I have never been pregnant, am married now please help me

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Oct 2019 - 14:55

      I was one month pregnant and I aborted in 2014 after that I started taking family planning and now am married I can't conceive since 2014

    • By Philomena (not verified) on 20 Oct 2019 - 16:34

      I had an abortion last two years before I got married but till now I've not been able to conceive, I don't know what to do

    • By lila abasi (not verified) on 8 Oct 2019 - 09:26

      Hi I am 43 yr old and this week had missed abortion can l get pregnancy safe in future?

    • By eni (not verified) on 5 Oct 2019 - 17:28

      i did d and c and am having serious bleeding nd stomach pain will it affect my worb in the future😭😭😭

    • By enny (not verified) on 2 Oct 2019 - 22:24

      i had d and c and i am having abdominal pain hope it will not affect my chance of getting pregnant in the future

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 2 Oct 2019 - 22:21

      i did d and c and am having serious abdominal pain i hope it will not affect my womb or delay childbirth when am fully ready

    • By Henny (not verified) on 21 Sep 2019 - 00:05

      I am planning on having my third abortion this week,I did the first one as of 2016,the second as of February 2018 and now have got pregnant again,I want to abort it because am yet ready but am afraid of my future because this will make it three times,hope it won't affect me to conceive in future if I abort this third one or what should I do pls reply me

    • By Esther (not verified) on 30 Aug 2019 - 12:16

      Plss I really need help am 2o years old I had done 1 abortion and have being having unprotected sex with my bf but no sign of pregnance plss help am confused

    • By Aisha (not verified) on 20 Aug 2019 - 14:47

      I got pregnant but I tried to abort two times with medicines and I lost only little blood but the pregnancy refused its now two months so I would like to let it grow but I fair that the baby may be affected.

    • By amina (not verified) on 7 Aug 2019 - 14:05

      hi i had abortion 4 weeks ago my stomach is bloated and i have diarhoea could i be having infection .Im ppregnant again is this going to affect my baby?

    • By Maria (not verified) on 15 Aug 2019 - 15:41

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    • By Emma (not verified) on 1 Aug 2019 - 13:42

      I got a abortion medical about 2 months ago. Got put on the implant right after. But now starting to feel pregnant again.. I don’t understand this, could that effect having a kid in the future? Having another abortion so early? Maybe if i am not pregnant what could be happening?! I also never went back in for a check up after the abortion.

    • By Emma (not verified) on 1 Aug 2019 - 13:16

      I am 16 I’ve had 1 abortion, I don’t think I was ready, I was scared. I am not in the right in life to take care of a kid when I can barley take care of myself. My boyfriend isn’t in the right either and would be scared he wouldn’t be able to help. I got the abortion about 2 months ago and also got put on birth control right after. But now I am starting to maybe feel pregnant again and so lost with what to do. Or don’t understand how I’d be pregnant with the implant in my arm (I did wait for it to start working) would
      I be able to have kids in the future having another abortion this early? Please respond I need some advice I am so lost on everything.

    • By Am Jessica (not verified) on 18 Jul 2019 - 09:08

      I have had abortions seven times in years,am married now for two months,I can't get pregnant,what will I do

    • By Alice (not verified) on 15 Jul 2019 - 17:17

      I had 3 abortions with surgical machines and now i have 3 miscarriages and the last one i was testing positive but with a sac and no heartbeat ,what could be the problem

    • By Rida (not verified) on 6 Jul 2019 - 16:41

      I have my first abortion with 4 pill now I m afraid that is my abortion affect my next pregnancy plz reply

    • By Beauty (not verified) on 4 Jul 2019 - 15:20

      i have mad 3 times abortion all by taking pill and this is the forth one am about to do, is my chances of giving birth in the future riskily.
      Can i give birth in the future successfully without any issues

    • By Dacia (not verified) on 6 Jul 2019 - 13:05

      Well honey iv had 1 surgical then 3 years after I gave birth I had 3 medicals after and I'm 4 weeks pregnant rn....so no you are very fertile from u are able to get pregnant

    • By Alice (not verified) on 4 Jul 2019 - 13:48

      Am 22 and am 5 months pregnant,,am not capable of taking care of the kid since am still in school and am in a poor condition....i think af aborting the child coz am so desperate..i cant even have enough for my own....pliz advice

    • 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 Malerato (not verified) on 2 Jul 2019 - 11:06

      I had abortion in 2016 And I want conceive by Im not able.what could be the reason and what can I do

    • By Najma (not verified) on 3 Jul 2019 - 15:47

      Three child is and fourth was pregnancy but by bad luck ectopic surgery right site i got but i want again pregnancy and i mating with my partner but the eggs not ovulation help me

    • 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 Sylvia (not verified) on 19 Sep 2019 - 16:21

      Hi,I am one week/days pregnant,my boyfriend and I are not ready to raise a child yet and am about having a medical pills. Do I need a scan before having this abortion? how can be safe after this abortion?

    • 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.

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