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.
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.