When a woman undergoes an abortion procedure the pregnancy is ended prematurely. Medical abortions are available with medication or surgery. Abortion with medication must be taken within days of conception. The Plan B pill is available over the counter for this purpose. Beyond on the first few days, a surgical abortion is required to end a pregnancy. Some women are willing to speak openly about a medication or surgical abortion. Other women are less comfortable speaking on the topic. When facing fertility problems it is important to be completely honest about previous pregnancies, including pregnancies that ended in abortion. If you’ve used the Plan B pill, tell your fertility specialist of gynecologist as well.
Surgical Abortion and Fertility Problems
There are no clear connections between a successful surgical abortion without complications and fertility issues. Surgical abortions do involve removing the fetus through the cervix, which could cause damage to the cervix. That damage could lead to further problems with fertility, including bleeding, premature labor or miscarriage, though cases are rare.
If there is an injury to the uterus or cervix during the procedure additional surgery may be needed to repair the damage. If there are additional complications after the repair – there could be infertility problems indirectly associated with the surgical abortion.
The topic of abortion is a very private matter for some women. Even if women don’t want to talk with friends, family or even a spouse or significant other about having an abortion that is a personal choice. If there is a medical condition that could be caused by or associated with having an abortion it is crucial to tell your medical professional about the procedure. Your doctor is not at liberty to legally tell anyone about the abortion or any medical details of your health without your written permission, but leaving out that information could be detrimental to your reproductive health.