CAN ABORTION LEAD TO INFERTILITY?
Gone are the decades of the “baby boom” – when infertility was the least of problems among couples. Now, a lot of them have to deal with the frustration of being unable to conceive.
The issue of abortion and infertility can be quite debatable. Not many medical practitioners are proud to speak up when it comes to linking abortion to infertility, considering that once it’s done professionally and safely, it shouldn’t cause any harm to your conception chances. While there may be little or no evidence associating abortion with infertility, it is worthy to note that any invasive medical procedure stands a risk of causing harm in the future. The likeliest of them is an infection. There is also the possibility of developing scar tissues within the uterus or on top of the cervix – cases which can all contribute to infertility.
Here are some abortion complications that may contribute to infertility
Fetal Tissue Retention
A first-trimester abortion, also known as incomplete abortion might result in an accidental abandon of some fetal tissue in the uterus. This can rot, causing an infection that can harm the reproductive organs.
Medical practitioners stress that infertility from past abortion(s) can happen as a result of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that was present during an abortion. Abortion patients are at risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – the condition where there is an inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Organisms through STDs could spread during the procedure, causing increased chances of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
Scarring of the Cervix
Scarring at the top of the cervix or inside the uterus may occur as a result of multiple dilations and curettages (D & C) which happen during abortions. This could weaken the cervix, thereby affecting fertility.
There has been an increased trend of delaying childbearing among women. This trend is usually found among career women. In a case where there is a contraceptive failure, they resort to abortion. Asides the glaring complications of abortion, it could just be that her most favorable conception time has passed without her knowing it.
In addition to the physical effects that may accompany abortion, there’s also a tendency of emotional stress, which could contribute to the inability to get pregnant.
Keep in mind, however, that in situations where abortion is legal and without complications, it should not affect your future fertility.
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