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How Long After An Abortion Can You Get Pregnant?

An unplanned pregnancy can be disorienting. As you explore your options, you’ll want to consider potential long-term implications for each option. If you’re considering an abortion, you may be wondering how soon afterwards you can get pregnant again. 

As you consider your options and before you move forward with decisions about an abortion, there are a few things you should know. Today we’ll explore how soon after an abortion you can get pregnant. Keep reading to learn more. 

How Long After Abortion Can You Get Pregnant? 

After taking the abortion pill, women should abstain from sex for two to three weeks to prevent infection and because bleeding can last for up to four weeks.

On average, women can ovulate three weeks after an abortion, even if they’re still bleeding. If a woman chooses to be sexually active around that time, she could get pregnant again. So, before choosing abortion, women may want to consider whether they want to prevent future pregnancies. 

Does Abortion Affect Your Relationships? 

Women may experience a variety of emotions after an abortion that can affect the ways in which they interact with their partners. Some partners also experience sadness or grief after an abortion and have difficulty communicating how they feel. 

Call us at 478-216-5176 to find support for your partner, too.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

With the abortion pill, a woman intentionally takes medication to terminate her pregnancy. Abortion pills may also be called a medical abortion, chemical abortion, RU-486, or at-home abortion

The process involves two medications. The first medication, mifepristone, interferes with progesterone receptors and prevents the pregnancy from developing. The second medication, misoprostol, causes the uterus to cramp and expel the pregnancy. Women qualify for the abortion pill only up until 10 weeks of gestation. 

How Do I Know If I’m Pregnant? 

At-home pregnancy tests can tell you if you have pregnancy hormones, but they cannot tell you if the pregnancy is progressing or in the uterus. So, before choosing an abortion, you should confirm that your pregnancy is in the correct location. Call CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia for lab grade pregnancy testing and an ultrasound.

What Do I Need to Know Before Taking the Abortion Pill? 

Women should speak with a licensed healthcare professional and verify their eligibility for the abortion pill before taking it. This will include: 

  • Estimated gestational age. Gestational age (how far along you are in pregnancy) can be estimated based on a woman’s last menstrual period, but an ultrasound is the most exact way to determine the gestational age. 

  • Location of the pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy develops outside of the uterus and can be life-threatening if not properly treated. So, before taking abortion pills, it is recommended that a woman receive an ultrasound first. 

  • Viability of pregnancy. Almost 10-20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, and almost 80% of those occur within the first three months of pregnancy. 

Call CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia at 478-216-5176 today to receive a free ultrasound. 

Abortion Pill Information in Macon, Milledgeville, and Warner Georgia 

Weighing the pros and cons of an abortion can feel overwhelming. But, you aren’t alone! Visit CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia to speak with our compassionate staff. We provide a confidential space for you to sort through all of your options so that you can make an informed choice.

Please be aware that CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia does not provide or refer for abortion services.


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