How Long After Abortion can you have Sex

How Long After Abortion can you have Sex
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Abortion is a painful experience in every woman’s life. You might be under too much physical and emotional stress during this period.

If you are not ready for pregnancy, you might be afraid that having sex can make you pregnant. You might even be afraid of any complications due to intercourse after abortion.

There might be several such confusions you will have after an abortion. But you won’t know the answer to any of them.

So, in this article, we are going to discuss all about having sex after an abortion and how you can move forward from the emotional stress during the period.

When can I have Sex After an Abortion?

The most simple and direct answer to your question: “Whenever you are ready, both physically and emotionally.”

Most Obstetrician would suggest waiting some days before having sex after an abortion. This is to let your body return to normal after the physical stress of abortion. There is also a small possibility of infection if you had sex too early after an abortion.

Most times, the break you give yourself after an abortion is to let yourself cool down and be willing to have sex again. This has as much to do with your mental state as your physical state. So, take a break and resume your normal sex life at your own pace.

When Should I Start Birth Control After an Abortion?

Sometimes, after an abortion, even if you are ready to have intercourse, you might not be prepared to become pregnant so soon. In such cases, you can use contraceptives like condoms or birth control pills.

There are no restrictions on using condoms as they are just an external protective measure and won’t harm your body in any way. But if you are going to take birth control pills, you might want to be a little careful.

Your ovulation cycle starts almost immediately after an abortion. So, if you do not want to get pregnant, it is best to start taking them soon after an abortion or when you are ready to have sex.

What will Sex be Like After an Abortion?

This question doesn’t have an accurate answer as it differs for each woman. It is solely based on how the couple feels after an abortion, physically and mentally.

How you feel about sex after an abortion also depends on your relationship with your better half. Most women feel that the stronger the bond with their partner, the more satisfied they are with intercourse.

You can talk to your medical advisor or counselor if you feel insecure about resuming sex after an abortion. They might suggest some remedial measures.

Sometimes, you might have bleeding after intercourse. It is normal and happens occasionally, even without an abortion. However, if the bleeding is heavy and comes with foul-smelling vaginal discharge, fever, and mild cramping, you should visit your Gynecologist immediately.

Trust Yourself & Your Body

Just know that the time period and sex drive you will experience during intercourse after an abortion depends entirely on you and your body. Understand how your body feels and take the time you need to “get back on track” from the physical and mental pressure you experienced during abortion.

Talk with your partner and discuss what to do after an abortion. Having a supportive partner will make it twice as easy and comfortable to get through this period.


Abortion is normal; almost 1 out of 4 women worldwide have at least one abortion during their reproductive years. You might feel like abortion is very bad since it has been considered negatively for so long.

Having your family’s support can help you get through this period. You can also join communities where like-minded people can share their experiences and guide you on how to get through this stage.

Everything depends on you. As long as you are stable, you can get through this period and resume your sexual life without any issues. You can also take this period to consider when you can try getting pregnant again.


You can start taking birth control pills immediately after an abortion. However, if you had a complicated or painful abortion, you should consult your doctor and follow their suggestion.

It depends on your physical and emotional state. Most women resume their work 2 or 3 days after an abortion. If you do not feel well after 2 days, consult your doctor before resuming work.

Using tampons right after an abortion might sometimes cause infections. It is best to use sanitary napkins for at least 2 weeks after abortion. You can try tampons when you do not feel any pain or discomfort in your vagina.

This varies for every woman. You will usually get your period 4 to 8 weeks after an abortion. Some others may even get it about 2 weeks later or take longer. It entirely depends on your body condition.

Your normal ovulation cycle will resume immediately after an abortion. So, as long as you are ready, you can get pregnant whenever you want after an abortion.

No, abortion will not affect your fertility in any way. Abortion is a normal medical condition and can happen for various reasons. You can try for pregnancy anytime after an abortion.

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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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