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Question: wondering about abortion and Rh factor


 as - Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:34 pm

female just wondering if a person had an abortion...and has a rhfactor...do they need to tell the doctor about the abortion the next pregnacy
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:17 pm

User avatar Hi As,

It is important for your doctor to know about all your pregnancies including abortions. Your doctor will keep this information confidential. The Rh factor (found on those with "positive" blood types) may still cause problems if an abortion was performed because there is still the possibility that some of the baby's red blood cells were able to get into mom's circulation. For Rh issues, abortions should be treated as a regular pregnancy.

Best wishes.
 as - Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:38 pm

so if this person had a shot of rhogam after she had an abortion.....and now is pregnant..and is going to get a shot of rhogam at 28 weeks...does the doctor still have to know...it it the nurses there that she doesnt want to know about the abortion...
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:42 pm

User avatar This is a bit difficult. Ultimately, any information shared with the doctor is the patient's decision. Information between the doctor and patient is confidential and should not be shared without the patient's permission. Generally, the office staff does not have access to the medical record. I would suggest that this be discussed with the doctor to determine the confidentiality policy of the office.

The Rhogam should help protect against antibody formation and does reduce the risk but, unfortunately, it is not 100%.

The most important thing is to feel comfortable with the doctor so that patient care is not compromised.

Best wishes.

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