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

Following an uncomplicated abortion, recovery usually happens quite quickly. There are some things you can do to make the experience easier, and also symptoms to look out for. If you have any concerns about your treatment or recovery, please call our 24-hour aftercare helpline to speak to a nurse on 0345 122 1441 or 0044 345 122 1441 (callers in Eire).

Sex after abortion

We advise you not to have sex of any kind for 2 weeks after an abortion to minimise the risk of infection. If you have had sex, and used contraception and are not at risk of any new pregnancy 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 give your body the best chance to recover after your treatment. If you did not use contraception then you are at risk of a new pregnancy. Please call our 24-hour aftercare nurse line on 0345 122 1441 for advice.

Pregnancy test after abortion

Make sure you take a pregnancy test to check your 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 3 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 24-hour aftercare helpline on 0345 122 1441 for advice.

Contraception after abortion

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 contraceptive implant, contraceptive injection or coil at the clinic, this will start to work immediately. 

Washing after abortion

We advise that you leave washing for 24 hours after your treatment. Although there's no medical reason for not having a bath or shower following 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 – do not take a 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. Do not douche for two weeks.

Pain following abortion

Please read either pain after medical abortion or pain after surgical abortion for advice on painkillers to minimise pain. 

Tampons after abortion

It's very important to use sanitary pads and not tampons to avoid infection, and to keep track of your bleeding. 

Exercise after abortion

Do not excercise 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 after abortion

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 after abortion

You will not be able to breastfeed for 48 hours after an abortion. You may choose to express some milk before attending the clinic to get you through until you are well enough to continue breastfeeding. Read NHS guidance on expressing and storing breast milk. 

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 after your abortion

Look after your feelings as well as your body. Talk to someone about your abortion if you need to. At Marie Stopes we provide confidential counselling

Need to talk?

Our specialist team of nurses are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare.

Call us now on 0345 122 1441 (24 hrs) or email services@mariestopes.org.uk

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