It is advised that you get a post-abortion medical check-up three weeks after an abortion. This is to make sure that you have fully recovered from your procedure. A post-abortion check-up normally involves a blood-pressure check and an examination of your abdomen (tummy). Internal examinations are not normally carried out. The doctor will:
- Confirm that the pregnancy has ended (pregnancy tests can show a positive result for a while after an abortion)
- Check your bleeding pattern is normal and there is no infection
- Assist you with your contraceptive needs
If your method of contraception failed or didn’t suit you, your medical check-up is a good time to discuss it, and possibly try a new method. It is usually better to wait until after your check-up to have sex again. If you do have sex, it’s important to use a condom because you can become pregnant again, even before your next period. If you have never used contraception before, your doctor can help you choose a method that is right for you.
You can also discuss contraception with your GP or family planning service.
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