#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Is This A Complication Of The Surgery?


Q: Dr Ketch, there is something I want to tell you. Many years ago I had abortion. After the abortion, I do see surgical threads in my private part when I am menstruating. I went to the hospital to complain about it but when the doctor inserted his finger inside my Private part he didn’t see anything. Now that I am married am still seeing it. Please, what should I do?

A: Hello!

It is strange that you are seeing surgical threads years after surgery. Do you have any other symptoms? Pain? Discharge? Swelling? I suggest you go to another OBGYN for a second opinion.

Q: Can abortion prevent me from conceiving?

A: Some abortions (termination of pregnancy) involve instrumentation (like Dilatation and Curettage – D and C). In a situation where the procedure was too ‘vigorously’ done or even in situations where the placenta attached too deeply into the womb making it difficult to remove retained tissue). a condition called Asherman’s syndrome can occur. This manifests as reduction in menstrual flow. Severe forms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can also cause Asherman’s Syndrome. For more on PID, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/22/daily-health-tips-what-is-pid/

In Asherman’s Syndrome, adhesions/scar tissue form inside the womb or mouth of the womb, cervix. This leads to stocking together of the front and back walls of the womb. Asherman’s Syndrome can lead to infertility, miscarriages, growth retardation of babies in the womb, placental problems etc

So, yes…abortions may lead to infertility if instrumentation like D and C is involved.

Have a good night, people!

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