Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Asked Concerning AbortionOur staff will discuss these issues before and after your procedure.  We will also give you written information to take home with you.  Please call us with questions anytime!

When can I return to work/school?

Most patients are able to return to work or school the next day.   We will provide an “excused absence” slip if needed.

When can I have sex again?

We advise that you do not have sex for 2 weeks following your procedure.  During this 2 week period, you should not use tampons either.  Basically, we advise that you put NOTHING in the vagina for 2 weeks.

When should I expect to have my next period?

Depending on your contraception plan, it can be 3-8 weeks before your next period.

Will I be able to get pregnant again?

Having a safe (legal), uncomplicated abortion will not affect getting pregnant or staying pregnant in the future.

Will I have an increased risk of cancer?

There is no increased risk of any type of cancer related to having an abortion.

What body changes should I expect?
  • Nausea and vomiting goes away quickly, usually in 24 hours or less
  • Breast changes take a little longer (up to 4-6 weeks)
  • Energy comes back quickly (usually in less than 2 weeks)
  • “Pelvic exam” (cervix and uterus) should be back to normal (non-pregnant) in less than 2 weeks
  • No one should be able to tell that you had an abortion by examination.   You will have to share that information with an “outside” care provider if you are comfortable doing so.