Before making the ultimate decision to have an abortion, women weigh plenty of factors. One of the most common questions is “Is this the right time to have a child?” And, if not, “will I still be able to have a child after an abortion”? For many women, the question of future fertility is a major factor. And, despite many of the myths surrounding abortions, the answer is a resounding yes. Read on to learn about how you can still have children after an abortion procedure.
Future Fertility After Abortion
In today’s age, women are having their first babies at increasingly older ages. The average age of first-time mothers in 2014 was 26.3, up from 21.4 in 1970. Fortunately, in today’s safe, legal abortion environment, women who have this procedure performed will be fertile in the future.
Unfortunately, however, the same cannot be said in other countries. In countries where abortion is illegal, it remains a leading cause of maternal deaths. An estimated 68,000 women worldwide die each year from unsafe abortions, from complications such as uterine perforation, retained placenta, hemorrhage, infection, poisoning, shock, and gangrene. With extremely high medical standards and certified doctors, abortions on Long Island and in the United States are quite safe.
In fact, the only potential for future infertility comes from complications. And, with top-notch medical technology, complications from suction procedures are rare. An overwhelming majority of patients– 98%– do not experience any complications. 1.7% of patients have very minor complications, which the abortion doctor or additional medication can address. A miniscule 0.3% of patients have more serious issues that require either hospitalization or surgery. At Stony Brook Women’s Health, we’re proud to report that our percentage of complications is even lower.
Medical Abortion Pill Statistics
In recent years, the medical abortion pill has become quite popular. Many patients appreciate the lack of physical contact, and view this as a great alternative to surgical abortions. For patients who receive the medical abortion, serious complications also occur in less than .5% of cases. However, most of these are related to infections or toxic shock from rare bacterial infections of the uterus. Interestingly, similar complications can happen after miscarriage or childbirth. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found absolutely no link between the medications used for abortion and infection. In these serious cases, what usually happens is that the patient develops a fever and decides to “tough it out” without calling the doctor. Because of situations like these, it’s important to know when to reach out to a doctor about abortion side effects.
Having a Child After an Abortion Procedure
As for having a baby after termination, this has also been thoroughly studied by the CDC as early as 1980. Comprehensive reviews of the data have concluded that early abortion poses virtually no risk to future reproductive health.
For many women, this information is relieving. While there are plenty of other factors to consider before an abortion, it will not affect your future decision to have a child. So, women who plan to have a child in the future can still receive an abortion.
Stony Brook Women’s Health
At Stony Brook Women’s Health, we understand the difficulty of making this decision. From the moment that you walk through our door, our staff is committed to helping you through this process. We can provide any information that you need– before or after the procedure — to help you through this process.