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Can having an abortion affect my fertility?

Having an abortion won't usually affect your chances of becoming pregnant and having normal pregnancies in the future.

But there's a very small risk to your fertility and future pregnancies if you develop a womb infection that isn't treated promptly. The infection could spread to your fallopian tubes and ovaries, known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

PID can increase your risk of infertility or an ectopic pregnancy, where an egg implants itself outside the womb.

But most infections are treated before they reach this stage, and you'll often be given antibiotics before an abortion to reduce the risk of infection.

Get medical advice as soon as possible if you experience any signs of infection after an abortion, such as:

  • severe pain
  • a high temperature (fever)
  • smelly vaginal discharge

Read more about the risks of an abortion.

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Page last reviewed: 17/08/2016

Next review due: 17/08/2019