Gestation Calculator

This calculator has been designed to give you an idea of the treatment options available to you*. If you decide to have an abortion with Marie Stopes UK, one of our nurses will give a more approximate gestation date during your appointment by way of a scan.
*Please note that this online calculator will only give you an estimated gestation based on the details you have provided.

Please select the first day of your last menstrual period.



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Tips to speed recovery after abortion for Irish women

It can take a while to recover after an abortion. Here are some tips on how to help speed recovery. If you have any concerns about your treatment or recovery, please call our 24hr aftercare helpline to speak to a nurse on 0345 122 1441 or 0044 345 122 1441 (callers in the Republic of Ireland).
  • Having sex after abortion: We advise you not to have sex of any kind for 2 weeks to minimise the risk of infection. If you have had sex and used contraception we advise that you do not have further intercourse until two weeks is up. This is for your wellbeing, as it minimises the risk of infection and gives your body the best chance to recover after your treatment. If you didn't use contraception then you are at risk of a new pregnancy. Please call the 24hr aftercare line for advice.
  • Pregnancy testing: Ensure you do a pregnancy test to check treatment has been successful. A routine check-up is not required after a medical or surgical abortion. We advise you to take a pregnancy test 4 weeks after your treatment to ensure it's been successful and that your body has returned to normal. If the test is positive, please call the 24hr aftercare helpline for advice.
  • Contraception: Use contraception immediately after your abortion. If you've been given the contraceptive pill – start taking this the day after your treatment. You don't have to wait for your bleeding to stop or your first period to start. It's possible to become pregnant again straight away. If you received the implant, contraceptive injection or coil at the clinic this will start to work immediately.
  • Washing: We advise that you leave washing for 24 hrs after your treatment. Although there's no medical reason for not having a bath or shower after your abortion, the medication you've been given can make you feel weak, dizzy and faint. If possible, have someone at home with you when you first bathe or shower. A shower is preferable to a bath – don't have bath if you're bleeding heavily. Do not use Dettol, or heavily scented products around your vagina and genital area. Unscented products minimise the risk of infection and irritation. You should not douche.
  • Tampons: Tampons can be used 4 weeks after your treatment or after your first period. Waiting until then helps to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Exercise: Do not exercise for two weeks. Swimming, team sports, going to the gym, horse riding or heavy physical work can all increase bleeding. If you have young children, try not to carry them more than necessary for the first few days – particularly up and downstairs.
  • Alcohol: We advise you not to drink alcohol for 48 hours following your treatment. Alcohol can increase the risk of heavy bleeding. Do not drink alcohol while taking antibiotics.
  • Leaking breasts: This is quite common following an abortion. Your body has been preparing for the pregnancy for a few weeks and your breasts will have enlarged to produce milk to for breastfeeding. It will take a while to get back to normal and during this time your breasts may leak. It's very important that you do not squeeze or stimulate your breasts and nipples for the next couple of weeks as this will increase the leakage. Wear a supportive bra to help with discomfort.
  • Breastfeeding: If you've had a surgical abortion you don't need to stop breastfeeding. You may choose to express some milk before attending the clinic or until you are home and feeling well enough to continue. If you've had a medical abortion, you will not be able to breastfeed for five hours after taking the second set of tablets. You may choose to express some milk before attending the clinic to get you through until you are well enough to continue breastfeeding.
  • Sexually transmitted infections: If you think you have one, read our sexually transmitted infection section for more advice. It is important that you see a health professional that can help you with this as soon as possible as untreated infections can lead to infertility and be easily transmitted to sexual partners. You may need to have swabs taken and be given antibiotics. We have a private STI screening clinic at Marie Stopes where you and your partner can discuss all your needs with a doctor, and receive treatment if required. If you're having an abortion, we can test for some STIs in our abortion clinics.
  • Feelings: Look after your feelings as well as your body. Talk to someone about your abortion if you need to. Marie Stopes provides confidential counselling

Need to talk to a Marie Stopes UK nurse after your treatment? Call our aftercare helpline if you have any concerns

Abortion is a safe procedure, especially in the early stages and if carried out in a clinical setting like a Marie Stopes UK centre. Serious problems afterwards are very rare. 

If you are worried about anything or have questions following your abortion, you can contact our team of supportive nurses at any time on 0044 345 122 1441 or 1 800 200 374 (Free phone for callers from the Republic of Ireland). You can also contact the Irish Family Planning Association.