After an abortion
How will I feel after an abortion?
After an abortion it is quite normal to feel a bit low for a few days. Most women feel a sense of relief, but others may experience difficult emotions. Women are always invited to come back to Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices for an abortion check up and to see a counsellor if they wish.
How will I know if my abortion has worked?
The failure rate of abortion is about 1 in 100. Following abortion you can check that the procedure has been successful by doing a pregnancy test 3 weeks later once the pregnancy hormones have subsided. Clinics in England have aftercare help-lines which you can call for advice and support after an abortion.
What happens to the foetus after an abortion?
All hospitals and clinics in the UK have strict guidelines and procedures with regard to what happens to the foetus after abortion. If this is something you would like to know you can always ask the doctor or the nurse when you attend the clinic.
Do I need to use contraception after an abortion?
Yes, it is very important for you to use contraception after an abortion as you can become pregnant again within one week of treatment. There is a wide range of contraceptive methods available so whatever your age, health, lifestyle and preference there will be one to suit you.
Can I have sex after an abortion?
Yes, although it is important that you do not have sex for two weeks after an abortion as there is a risk of infection.
Can I have children after having an abortion?
Yes, there is no evidence at all that a straightforward abortion has any effect on future fertility or any other aspect of general health.
Will my body be different after an abortion?
Your body will not be any different after an abortion.
Will anyone know that I have had an abortion?
No, details of your appointment are completely confidential. It is your decision who you tell about your abortion – this includes your partner, parents and GP. We will not contact anyone without your permission.
How soon can I go back to work after an abortion?
Most women return to work the next day after an abortion, but this is entirely up to you. If you have a very physically demanding job you may want to take a few days off.
Can I use tampons again after an abortion?
You may use tampons after an abortion although it is important that you do not begin to use tampons again until your next period.
Can I use contraception straight after an abortion?
Although we advise women not to have sex for two weeks following an abortion, you can become pregnant again within one week of an abortion so it is really important that you start using contraception immediately to avoid this happening.
Who can I talk to after an abortion?
You can always come to Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices for specialist one to one counselling should you need to talk through any unexpected feelings or emotions. Call us on (01) 830 0630.