Starting the Birth Control Pill Following an Abortion

Young woman looking at her contraceptive pills

The gynecologist at your abortion clinic is likely to advise you to avoid sexual intercourse for one to three weeks following your abortion. This is necessary to give you time to heal and to reduce the risk of infection. However, since it is possible to become pregnant again right after your abortion, it’s a good idea to talk to the gynecologist about your birth control routine. If you decide to start taking birth control pills, your gynecologist can answer any questions you have about the medication.

When to Take the Pill

In previous years, women were advised to start taking the pill on the first Sunday after their period began or on the first day of their period. However, it’s now known that women can begin taking the pill at any time. Progestin-only pills and combination pills may both be taken immediately following an abortion. You might choose to start taking it that same day or the following day.

How to Take the Pill

For maximum effectiveness, gynecologists advise women to take the birth control pill at the same time each day. You can remind yourself to take your pill on time by associating it with another action. For example, place your pills by your toothbrush so you’ll remember to take one every morning. If you’re using a 28-day pill pack, take a pill each day without skipping days. If you’re using a 21-day pill pack, you’ll refrain from taking any pills for seven days before starting a new pill pack.

How to Take Precautions

After your abortion, your gynecologist is likely to prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection. It’s important to take all of your antibiotics as prescribed; however, be aware that these drugs can lessen the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use condoms in addition to birth control pills while you’re taking antibiotics.

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