Will a past abortion affect my pregnancy?

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

What are the risks of a previous abortion to pregnancy?

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.

Should I tell the midwife about a previous abortion?

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.

Read more frequently asked questions in pregnancy


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 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

    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.
    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 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

  • 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

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Jul 2018 - 11:55

    Hi Beauty,
    This sounds very confusing, and anxious for you. Is there any chance that this is a different pregnancy and you conceive again straight away after the surgical termination? I am sure that your obstetric team have scanned you and monitored you and your baby closely, if there were any concerns then they will discuss this with you.
    Wishing you all the best
    Tommy's midwife

  • By By Elizabeth (not verified) on 28 Jun 2018 - 14:43

    I had abortion 15years ago and since then I have not been pregnant

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 11:36

    Hi Elizabeth,
    If you have been trying to conceive and been having regular intercourse without contraception then do see your GP who can refer you for some support with trying for a pregnancy. It won't be anything to do with you having had an abortion.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Apr 2018 - 18:18

    Im a bit worried I have done abortion five years back and now I want to conceive but no luck ,I have met gynaecogist but cant do hormonal count due to menstrual cycle so he has given me another date thing is I menstruate 1day so is it possible for the test to be done if I menstruate on the 7th and my date is on the 26th pls help me out I need this baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Apr 2018 - 10:41

    Hi, I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties conceiving. Generally they want to test your hormone levels mid cycle, given the dates you have provided then your appointment on the 26th should be fine.
    Wishing you all the best, Tommy's midwives.

  • By Ashley (not verified) on 29 Jan 2018 - 07:55

    What will happen if I abort my child 1 year ago and now Im pregnant ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 16:42

    There should be no reason to think that this pregnancy is affected by what happened a year ago. Try to keep positive if you are wanting a pregnancy now.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 28 Oct 2017 - 20:42

    I have previously had an abortion, due to wrong timing, not because I never want to be a mother. I have now fall pregnant but am still worried it’s the wrong time.

    I’m worried my notes from my previous abortion will be on file. Can someone tell me this information

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Oct 2017 - 11:53

    Yes, whenever you have a procedure on the NHS, your medical records will be kept on file. However there are strict laws and regulations to ensure that your health records are kept confidential and can only be accessed by health professionals directly involved in your care. Please don't worry, you have a right to anonymity and to be treated with dignity and care x

  • 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 [email protected]'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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