Abortion and Infertility
Any procedure that dilates the cervix, which is a necessary step during most abortions, can weaken it. Abortion can cause or contribute to infertility in several ways.
- Damage to the cervix can affect the ability of the embryo to implant, cause miscarriage or pre-term labour..
- Repeat abortions can cause severe scarring of the uterus which can cause the uterus to tighten up or even close up completely.
- Unexplained infertility may sometimes be caused by the presence of foetal bone fragments.
- Complications following abortion gives a higher chance or fertility problems.
- The implantation of multiple embryos is often followed by 'selective reduction'.
- Patients are encouraged to donate 'surplus' embryos for experimentation.
Any procedure that dilates (opens) the cervix, which is a necessary step during most abortions, can weaken it.
It can affect the ability of an embryo to implant into the uterus or the ability of the cervix to support a pregnancy.
Women who have had more than one abortion and get pregnant again later on, may find that they have what's known as an incompetent cervix ? a cervix that starts dilating prematurely.
This can sometimes be treated with a stitch to keep the cervix closed. Repeated abortions can cause severe scarring of the uterus. Large amounts of scar tissue can cause your uterus to tighten up or even close up completely. Scar tissue can usually be seen with a hysterosalpingogram, or HSG.
If a woman experienced complications with her abortion, such as a large amount of bleeding or pain, her chances are higher for fertility problems.