Does having an abortion affect your ability to have children in the future?
By Amy @ Planned Parenthood | Aug. 2, 2010, 4:06 p.m.
I’m about 6 weeks pregnant and I have had an abortion before I was just wondering will that effect my pregnancy if I do decide to keep the baby?
No. A safe, uncomplicated, legal abortion does not affect a woman’s ability to have children in the future. So, unless there are significant complications, such as a damaged cervix, a woman’s fertility is not affected by abortion. Contrary to what you may have heard, abortion does not
- make miscarriage more likely
- make ectopic or tubal pregnancy more likely
- increase the risk of birth defects, premature birth, or low birth weight in future pregnancies
Abortion is a very safe procedure. It’s about twice as safe as having tonsils removed, and is much safer than giving birth.
However, the need for abortion can be prevented by proper use of birth control. Contact your local Planned Parenthood health center for information about birth control and abortion services.
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