How long after having a medication abortion can a woman resume sexual intercourse?

In general, women are advised not to insert anything into the vagina for approximately one week after a medication abortion. Thus it is recommended that women not engage in vaginal intercourse during this time period. Women can engage in other types of sexual activity during this period.

Women typically ovulate two or three weeks after a medication abortion.  Thus women who are sexually active can become pregnant within weeks of the abortion. Immediate use of an effective family method is highly recommended.


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Last updated: September 2009