Surgical Abortion

Your Journey - Aftercare


Caring for yourself, both physically and emotionally after your surgical abortion is important. Take time, be kind to yourself, indulge in some self-care, and listen to your body.

Signs of infection

Infection can occasionally happen after a medical abortion. Although rare, sometimes not all the pregnancy tissue is passed during the miscarriage. The remaining tissue can cause you to have an infection.

Signs you may have an infection are:


Smelly discharge

Tummy/pelvic cramps

Generally feeling unwell

You may experience all or a combination of these symptoms. If you feel you may have an infection, let us know. We can guide you in treating the infection.

Pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms should disappear within a few days of having a surgical abortion. If your symptoms don’t disappear and/or you continue to feel pregnant let us know. Occasionally, If this happens you are likely to still feel pregnant. It is important that you call us. Our nurse will guide you on what to do next.

Your period, sex, and contraception

Your period

Your period will usually return within 4-8 weeks. Your first period after an abortion is likely to be different from normal. Your period may be delayed, heavier or lighter, and maybe clotty (blood clots). You can use tampons, pads, period undies, or a moon-cup –  whichever you are most comfortable with.

Having sex

You can have sex as soon as you feel ready. We encourage you to consider contraception. Our nurse can help you find the best method of contraception for you.


Your fertility returns to normal straight after having a medical abortion. You can therefore get pregnant soon after, even before your next period, if you are not using contraception.

If you are interested, you and the nurse can discuss contraception options and find the best one for you. If the (contraceptive) pill is your preferred choice, we can post this to you in your Telemed pack. If you would prefer to go down the route of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), we can help you find a clinic in your area.

LARCs are a fit-and-forget method of contraception. Once they are fitted, you don’t have to think about it. Reversible methods of contraception are, the Copper IUD, Mirena (hormonal IUD), the rod (Jadelle), or the jab (Depo).

It is safe to start on your preferred method of contraception as soon as you have miscarried. You don’t need to wait for your body to return to normal or for your next period. Using contraception decreases your chances of falling pregnant again.

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Reach out online or call 0800 226 784 to speak to one of our nurses. We are here to support you every step of the way. This is your journey.

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