Termination of an untimed or unwanted pregnancy happens. Life happens. Fast forward to where it is time to contemplate the start family expansion. Women often worry if they won’t be able to have children in the future. A viable concern is whether the termination (often of years past) has an effect of fertility fast forward. Does having an abortion affect your future fertility? The answer is that it does not.
The data is clear. Terminations either through medical or surgical means do not impact future fertility. Only those abortions associated with complications potentially may impact future fertility. The risk of a major complication resulting from a legal abortion is extremely low – 0.23%. As a matter of perspective, vaginal delivery and C-sections have greater maternal health risks than a termination.
Although exceedingly rare, the complications that can impact infertility are related to the procedure or incomplete removal or expelling of the products of conception. These include uterine injury, infection and significant hemorrhage, that could require further surgical intervention.
Moving forward with family expansion is exactly about moving forward and optimizing care, promoting health and working toward a healthy and established family.
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