After Abortion Pregnancy Is Possible
It is possible to become pregnant after an abortion, although the chances are quite slim. For one thing, the woman’s reproductive system needs time to heal after the procedure is done, so it is advisable to wait a couple of months before trying again. Also, since the abortion process can cause damage to the uterus, pregnancy may not be as successful as it would have been prior to the abortion.
Chances of Pregnancy
The chances of pregnancy after an abortion depends on the type of the procedure that was done. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women who had a medication abortion have approximately the same chances of conceiving as women who did not have an abortion. On the other hand, women who had a surgical abortion have a slightly lower chance of conceiving. The lower chances of conceiving post-surgical abortion may be due to, but not limited to, the following:
- Damage to the uterus caused by the procedure.
- The risk of scarring inside the uterus, called Asherman Syndrome.
- Problems with cervical functioning.
When considering to conceive after an abortion, it is important to consider the timeline. Depending on the individual, it can take up to nine months for the body to fully recover and for the reproductive system to be in optimal condition for conceiving. It is best to wait at least 3-6 months for the uterus to heal, to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Risks To Consider
It is important to be aware of the risks associated with conceiving after an abortion. Some of the risks include:
- Increased risk of miscarriage
- Preterm labor
- Low birth weight
- Birth defects
- Increased risk of infection
It is important that the woman speaks to her healthcare provider before attempting to conceive after an abortion, to ensure that the uterus has had sufficient time to heal, and to discuss potential risks.
In conclusion, while it is possible to become pregnant after an abortion, the chances may be slightly lower and there are risks involved that should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is important to give the body time to recover and for the reproductive system to be in optimal condition for conceiving.
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