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.


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 Ligaya (not verified) on 18 Apr 2020 - 14:50

      Hello, I got my abortion on my first pregnancy maybe because I'm not ready for the responsibility but it caused me sadness and depression maybe I think that was a very worst thing that I ever made. But now I'm 2months pregnant again and I'm so happy but a little bit of worry. I promise to God that when he will give me a chance to get pregnant again I will promise that I will take care of it and love it forever.

    • By Lakshmi (not verified) on 15 Apr 2020 - 20:04

      Hi , in 1 month pregnant I have done 3 times abortions with pills if I conceive is there any chances of problem in pregnancy

    • By julia (not verified) on 14 Apr 2020 - 18:45

      I had one abortion 4 years ago,now am married ,and have be meeting my hubby unprotected ,still no pregnancy,hope it will not affect my chance of getting pregnant

    • By subhashree (not verified) on 9 Mar 2020 - 08:04

      Hi iam 35 yrs old..i had an
      abortion in 2016 and now iam 1 month pregnant. Iam not ready for the child .i want to abort this time too..pls let me know will it affect my pregnancy in future.

    • By Ama (not verified) on 24 Feb 2020 - 18:24

      I have had five abortion all with pills in three years. Can I give birth in future because I’m just 20 years old. I’m afraid I can’t give birth.
      please I need advice.

    • By Joy (not verified) on 23 Jan 2020 - 09:19

      I had two abortion over the years which makes it 3 years since then I have been having unprotected sex without using any contraceptive except to urinate immediately after sex but till now I never got pregnant till then
      Am scared please what can I do am not married yet

    • By Tears (not verified) on 29 Jan 2020 - 12:51

      U have to see a doctor and hear what they say and do what ever they say to u

    • By Zeee (not verified) on 22 Jan 2020 - 08:58

      I had my first abortion in 2015 and de second in 2017 so now im married i conceived in 2018 den got miscarriage in 2months den got pregnant again in 2019 den again got miscarriage,does dis mean I'll always have de miscage or should i try to conceive again now im scared to try again im afraid I'll get miscarriage again.

    • By Lerato (not verified) on 1 Jan 2020 - 19:57

      I had my first abortion in 2017 and second one in 2018, last month I found out that i am pregnant again. I don't feel like i am ready for this one but my fiance is excited. I'm really sick that most days I only eat once a day, im tired, losing weight, have inflammation around my waist and a running stomach and cramps every morning and experience pelvic pains from mild to servere everyday from one side to the other side. I also experience shortness of breath, sore feet when i wake-up in the morning and that has been happening for the whole month.
      I would like to find out what is happening, please help me

    • By Junior Joshua (not verified) on 20 Dec 2019 - 16:44

      My wife did two abortions previously and now she is two months pregnant but still experiencing light bleeding,is this safe or not?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Dec 2019 - 16:38

      Hi Junior
      Thank you for your message. I suggest you or your wife contact your GP or ring 111 for advice ASAP. Bleeding in pregnancy should always be reported to a GP, midwife or obstetrician so that they can investigate the possible cause and check that all is well with the pregnancy.

      Best wishes

    • 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


    • 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 love (not verified) on 5 Apr 2020 - 09:54

      same here I had surgical last year now am trying to conceive but nothing three months now

    • 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 Adomah (not verified) on 24 Feb 2020 - 18:05

      You can

    • 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

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