When is it safe to have sex after an abortion?

After an abortion (termination) you may bleed for up to two weeks and, in some cases, the bleeding may continue right up until your next period. It is advised that you don't have sex for at least two weeks, and only then if the bleeding has completely stopped. This is to reduce the risk of infection.

You should contact your GP or clinic as soon as possible if you experience:

  • lasting pain
  • severe and continous bleeding
  • a raised temperature (fever)
  • unusual vaginal discharge

These symptoms may mean you have an infection that needs treatment.

After the abortion, you will be given the number of a 24-hour telephone helpline to ring, in case you experience any of the above symptoms. You will also be given a follow-up appointment within two weeks of your abortion.

If you're experiencing physical or emotional problems after an abortion, you can seek advice from your GP or arrange to see a counsellor by contacting The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). You may also need to talk things through with someone you trust.

It is important that you are using the method of contraception that suits you. Visit your GP or local family planning clinic for advice.

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Page last reviewed: 20/04/2015

Next review due: 19/04/2017