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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How long will it take me to recover from a surgical abortion?

Recovery times after an uncomplicated abortion will be different for every woman, and will depend on how many weeks pregnant (gestation) at which the abortion occurs. Most women will recover quickly, within a few weeks. Most women can return to work after a few days.


After a surgical abortion some women will have minimal bleeding, and other women may have light bleeding for up to 2 weeks. This is not your period, but should not be heavier than your normal period. Your periods should return to normal after 4-6 weeks.  If you have bleeding that soaks 2 or more sanitary pads per hour for 2 hours in a row, you should contact out aftercare line immediately on 0345 122 1441. If you're feeling lightheaded and the bleeding is heavy, you should go to A and E.


Most women experience intermittent cramping pain after an abortion. This usually lasts for about a week and can be managed with hot packs, Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. We advise that you do not use Aspirin following either medical or surgical abortion as it can increase your bleeding. If painkillers are not controlling your pain then you must contact our aftercare line immediately. 

Our travel guidelines

  • We strongly recommend that all clients bring a friend or family member with them. However - if this isn't possible and your pregnancy is under 18 weeks - it's fine for you to attend and leave the centre by yourself.
  • If you're having a surgical abortion with sedation or general anesthetic, you can also attend and leave the centre by yourself, but must not drive home.
  • For later surgical abortions (18+ weeks), you must be accompanied, and also not drive yourself home.


Following an abortion, it's completely normal to experience a range of feelings such as relief, guilt, regret and sadness. For most women, these feelings fade after a few weeks or months. We recommend that you have someone with you after your abortion to talk to. We offer free, confidential counselling for all women who've had abortion treatment at Marie Stopes, for as many sessions as needed. Find out about our counselling services

Symptoms to watch out for after a surgical abortion

  • Lasting pain and/or abdominal tenderness not controlled by simple pain relief
  • Smelly or discoloured vaginal discharge
  • Fever
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Continuous heavy bleeding that soaks 2 or more pads in an hour for 2 hours in a row. 

If any of these symptoms occur you should contact our aftercare line immediately on 0345 122 1441. Alternatively, you should go to A and E or see your GP urgently. Please also read our section on tips to a speedy recovery after an abortion.

Need to talk about your options?

Our caring, specialist staff are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare.

Call us now on 0345 300 8090 or email services@mariestopes.org.uk

Stories that matter 


Read our stories that matter page where you will find personal stories sent by women who have had an abortion.