Can abortion cause uterine scarring?
A surgical abortion also has a small risk of very heavy bleeding, infection or injury to the uterus or cervix. There is also a very small risk that scar tissue could form inside of the uterus in the weeks after the abortion (called Asherman syndrome). All of these complications are extremely rare.
Can I get pregnant with uterine scarring?
A normal uterine cavity and endometrial lining is necessary in order to conceive and maintain a pregnancy. Scar tissue within the uterine cavity can partially or completely obliterate the normal cavity and can interfere with conception, or increase the risk for miscarriage or other complications later in the pregnancy.
What causes scarring in the uterus?
When a woman becomes pregnant, the embryo implants in the endometrium. Injury to and/or infection of the endometrium may damage the lining and cause formation of adhesions (scar tissue) between the inner walls of the uterus where the walls abnormally adhere or stick to each other.
How common is scar tissue after abortion?
A study found that about one in five women develops scarring after a miscarriage. 1 Less often, intrauterine adhesions result from an infection, such as genital tuberculosis (more common in developing countries than in the United States).
Can having an abortion affect future pregnancy?
According to ACOG, having an abortion doesn’t generally affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. It also does not increase the risks for pregnancy complications if you do choose to get pregnant again.
What are the symptoms of uterine scarring?
Uterine scarring that causes symptoms is called Asherman Syndrome. Symptoms might include a lighter period, “hypomenorrhea” or no period, “amenorrhea”. Scar tissue can cause cyclic pelvic pain from menstrual blood getting trapped in the uterus. It can also cause recurrent pregnancy loss or an inability to conceive.
What are the signs of damaged womb?
- Pain in the uterine region.
- Abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding.
- Irregular menstrual cycle.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge.
- Pain in the pelvis, lower abdomen or rectal area.
- Increased menstrual cramping.
- Increased urination.
- Pain during intercourse.
How do I know if I have uterine scarring?
Can you see scar tissue on ultrasound?
In cases of excessive scar formation, ultrasound can easily depict the typical echogenic appearance. However, in cases of minimal scars, meticulous scanning techniques may be employed. Ultrasound is less sensitive that MRI to assess muscle fatty infiltration and atrophy secondary to chronic injury.
How do you treat uterine scarring?
Treatment: The treatment for uterine scarring is removal of scar tissue at the time of hysteroscopy. After the procedure, a balloon catheter is typically placed inside the uterus for a short time and estrogen therapy is given to decrease scar reformation.
What happens to your body after an abortion?
After having an abortion, you’ll probably have some period-type pains, stomach cramps and vaginal bleeding. This should start to gradually improve after a few days, but can last for 1 to 2 weeks. This is normal and is usually nothing to worry about. The bleeding is usually similar to normal period bleeding.