Doctor's answer: Conceiving after Abortion
Is it possible for a woman to conceive after three abortions? Find out what Doctor Ng says about conceiving after abortion.
Questions from our readers on conceiving after abortion:
1. In a scenario where a woman has had three abortions in her twenties, what are the conceiving odds that might be present to her?
2. Also, if an older man is dating a younger woman, in your opinion, which one of them should be bound with contraception?
Doctor’s answers on conceiving after abortion:
According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, abortion may be associated with a small increase in the risk of subsequent miscarriage or preterm delivery. The higher number of abortions the higher the risk of subsequent miscarriage.
There is a need for studies which focus directly on the connection between multiple abortions and pregnancy loss and women should be informed of the risks of repeated abortion to their future health.
For the second question, this should generally be a joint decision. It is important that the younger woman use contraception (e.g. oral contraceptive pill) considering their increased level of fertility.
The older man should also be using contraception in the form of condoms (as older men are still fertile) to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
In addition, male fertility is less affected by age unlike women, so it is important for the older man to use condoms if his younger female partner is not using any form of contraception.
Conceiving after abortion answered by:
Dr. Christopher Ng
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
GynaeMD Women’s and Rejuvenation Clinic, Camden Medical Centre.