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When is it safe to have sex after an abortion?

You can usually have sex as soon as you feel ready after an abortion.

But some doctors recommend that you wait until any vaginal bleeding stops, as this will reduce the risk of infection.

Use contraception if you do not want to get pregnant, as you may be fertile from immediately after the abortion.

Find out more about what happens during and after an abortion

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Page last reviewed: 19 August 2019
Next review due: 19 August 2022