For the most part you can trust that your medical provider has heard it all and will not even flinch when they hear you’ve had an abortion, but you know your neighborhood/hospital/clinic/provider best, and you will know whether or not it’s safe to disclose to them.
As someone who talks to patients about their history of abortions/miscarriages/previous pregnancies I can say that I will never think differently about a patient when they tell me they’ve had abortions in the past, except to consider how it will affect their current health.
- If they’re pregnant right now (most of my patients are) I will tuck that information away in my brain so that if during the birth their cervix has difficulty dilating, I’ll massage it in a particular way to help it release. This can happen after abortion or any other procedures that affect the cervix.
- If their placenta is having difficulty coming out after the birth, I’ll consider reasons that I might not have otherwise, things that likely only happen after a procedure has been undertaken inside the uterus.
- If they’re not pregnant and don’t want to be pregnant, I’ll spend a little more time talking about birth control methods so that they can avoid another abortion.
However, I cannot tell if someone has had an abortion just from looking. You do not ned to ever disclose that information, but I find it over all the most helpful to find a provider that you can trust so that during any later pregnancies, they can be as supportive and attuned to your body as need be.