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Contraception after abortion/termination

If you are due to have an abortion (also known as a ‘termination’) or have recently had one, you may have lots of things on your mind and the last thing you may be thinking about is contraception.

Right now, you mightn't feel like having sex anytime soon or you may feel back to your ‘normal’ self. Remember, everyone is different in how they recover physically, emotionally, and mentally, but research shows that more than 50% of women have sex within 2 weeks of having an abortion.

It's important to know that you can ovulate (release an egg from your ovaries) very soon after having an abortion - as early as 8 days after what's known as an Early Medical Abortion. It's really important to sort your contraception out straight away if you don’t want to get pregnant again anytime soon. This applies to both medical (taking tablets) and surgical (having an operation) abortions.

Most abortion services will have discussed contraception with you, and many will actually provide you with contraception before you are discharged from their service.

What type of contraception should I choose after my abortion?

All methods of contraception are usually possible after an abortion, but Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is the best way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. LARC methods include:

  • IUC (coils)
  • Implants
  • Depot injections

The above methods are considered much more reliable as a longer-term solution.

Depo injections can sometimes be given at the same time as the treatment for a medical abortion, or you can contact our service following the procedure - 0300 123 5474. You can also book an appointment here.

Studies in several countries have shown that women who choose a LARC method of contraception immediately after an abortion are much less likely to request a repeat abortion in the following 2 years.

Our team is here to help. You can choose what contraception best suits your needs and discuss this with a member of our team who will check that it's suitable and safe for you (e.g. family history, lifestyle etc).



Last updated: 31/08/2023