Problems Getting Pregnant after Abortion Pill
Terminating a pregnancy is never an easy thing to do, no matter the reason. There are many reasons that women choose to terminate a pregnancy, and every situation is different. There are many things that run through a woman’s head as she is going through this time in her life.
One of the things that many women wonder about is whether or not they will be able to get pregnant again after having an abortion, and if the process will be the same or different, easier or more difficult, than it otherwise would. Read on for more information about getting pregnant after the abortion pill.
When you are trying to conceive after an abortion, it is important that you understand what is considered “normal”, so that you will know when to worry. In most cases, 80 to 90 percent of women will conceive within a year of trying. The average amount of time that it takes to conceive from the time a couple starts trying is nine months, so do not be concerned if it takes that long.
Most women who have an abortion, whether it be a surgical abortion or a medical abortion, have absolutely no problems conceiving after the abortion, and complications that can affect future fertility are extremely rare. If a surgical abortion causes an infection or perforates the uterus, those things can lead to future infertility.
However, these complications almost never occur, and would definitely not be something to worry about with a medical abortion. In very rare cases, women who have to undergo multiple D&C’s (Dilation and Cutterage procedures) can have scarring of the uterus which can lead to future fertility.
If you have had an abortion in the past and are concerned about how it might possibly affect your future fertility, ask your doctor. You should have a relationship with your doctor that is open and honest, and it should be okay to discuss these things with him or her.
Keep in mind also that having had an abortion before does mean that you were capable of becoming pregnant in the first place, which means that your body processes should all be working as they should. This is good news, and means that you should be able to get pregnant again later in life with no problems.
If you have been trying to conceive for a while and have had no luck, rest assured that your doctor will be able to take a closer look at you and perform some tests to make sure that there is nothing that will stand in your way of conceiving.
Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.
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