Health Question:
When does ovulation happen after an abortion?


I had an abortion two weeks ago and now I've got a question. I hope you can give me an answer. Will my ovulation occur normally during the first month, following the abortion? (I was only 3 weeks into pregnancy) Am I safe with birth control pills now?

In the first month after abortion, ovulation can occur at any time. Birth control is necessary if you do not wish to become pregnant. You should get your period 4-8 weeks after the abortion.

If you are using birth control pills, it is wise to use a back-up method (condoms, spermicides, abstinence) with the whole first cycle of pills. See aftercare information.

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