Can I have sex after an abortion?

Common questions about abortion

Important information for coronavirus:

We are here for you!

Woman & Health is there for you and has sufficient free appointment capacitywhen you need an appointment for an abortion or abortion!

  • Appointments already agreed remain unchanged.
  • New dates can still be agreed.

Abortions and abortions can be done with us also on Saturdays be carried out so that you avoid a deadline collision with your work.

Through the central location In Vienna at Schwedenplatz (U1 / U4) we are not only with the Vienna public transport, but also for patients from the southern and western federal states via the main station uncomplicated and quickly accessible.

To make an appointment, you can reach us Monday to Friday at 01/5333 654 52, as well as by mail to [email protected]. (we always check our emails!)

24h emergency & weekend hotline

You can reach us around the clock by Call, SMS, WhatsApp and Signal at the number 0676 661 0 992. Should you not be able to reach us straight away, we will call or write back as soon as possible and guarantee that an appointment will be made quickly and easily.

We continue to focus on women's health!

What information do the doctors need?

The following questions will be asked in the educational talk:

  • When was the last menstrual period?
  • Have you already had an operation, have you already had a gynecological operation, were there any complications?
  • Do you already have children, normal births or caesarean sections?
  • Do you have internal diseases, are there blood clotting disorders, are you taking medication?
  • Are there any gynecological complaints, e.g .: frequent infections?

How can I safely use contraception after an abortion?

The Woman & Health team of doctors will be happy to advise you on how to find the right contraception for you.

  • If you want to use a hormonal contraceptive such as the pill, the first day you take the pill is the day you quit. The various pill preparations are available in our clinic; we are also happy to give you a recipe. Warning: If you are a smoker, the risk of thrombosis can increase extremely if you take estrogen-containing pills. In this case we recommend a progestin-only pill.
  • If you want to use IUDs, hormone IUDs or copper chains for longer term contraception, the ideal time is to use them immediately after the abortion while still under anesthesia. In this way, the existing anesthesia can be used to position the contraceptive in your uterus completely painlessly. A particularly safe and uncomplicated method to achieve perfect contraceptive protection immediately.

What is the meaning of the rhesus factor? When do I need a rhesus injection?

The rhesus factor is also one of the blood group properties of humans. About 85% of people have a positive Rh factor, only 15% a negative one. People with the blood group characteristic rhesus negative would form antibodies against rhesus positive blood cells due to the body's own immune system if they came into contact with them.

This initial contact, which in principle is symptom-free, could occur during a birth or an abortion. Only after a second contact, e.g. in a subsequent pregnancy, would there be massive antibody formation with a defense reaction.

This would lead to serious complications in this pregnancy. A simple syringe after childbirth or during an abortion can completely prevent this antibody formation and prevent any risk of antibody formation.

This means that if you have the blood group characteristic Rhesus negative (blood group identification or rapid test during the operation), you will receive the described Rhesus prophylaxis syringe from us.

Can I still have children after the procedure?

Naturally. A new pregnancy is already possible in the next cycle. The risk of long-term complications is extremely low. As with any operation, however, it is always advisable to be supervised by an experienced doctor.

How many abortions does Woman & Health perform each month?

We perform around 80-100 medical and surgical abortions at our center every month. Our patients tend to opt for an operative abortion.

What do I have to consider before an abortion?

Women often know quickly and clearly how to make a decision after discovering the unwanted pregnancy. Sometimes the situation is anything but easy and requires time and helpful discussions. A value-free consultation with Woman & Health can often help.

We also offer pure consultations. No decision has to be made with these. An ultrasound may be performed here to determine the week of pregnancy. This consultation is usually very helpful because patients are often confused by the information that can be found on the Internet.

What are the most common reasons for abortion?

The reasons are very diverse: the relationship with the partner is still unclear, a child has just been born, medical reasons, infidelity, the education is not yet finished, financially insecure future, fear of becoming a single mother, fear of being dependent on to the parents.

How long should I wait after having stopped having sexual intercourse, tampons, swimming, or exercising?

We recommend that you refrain from sexual intercourse, swimming or bathing in the first week after an abortion. No tampons should be used, only sanitary towels. Showering, work and sports are allowed again the day after the cancellation. For most women, abortion is no more stressful than a normal menstrual period.

How long will pregnancy symptoms such as: nausea, breast tenderness last?

Because the pregnancy hormone in the blood needs a little time to drop again and the value comes to zero, these symptoms can last for a few weeks - depending on the week of pregnancy. However, they completely disappear again.

Do I have to take vacation / sick leave to have an abortion?

You will usually recover very quickly after the surgery. Here we recommend taking a day off on the day of cancellation.

If the drug is stopped, bleeding may occur in the first few hours after taking the prostaglandin (the second tablet after two days). We recommend staying at home that day and waiting for the withdrawal bleeding.

Which complications are in principle possible with an operative abortion?

In principle, surgical abortion is a very low-risk and complication-free operation. Nevertheless, you should know about the typical, if very rare, complications:

  • With suction curettage, the wall of the uterus can in principle be pierced. Since the uterine wall consists of dense muscles, such perforations close again immediately. The consequence for you would be that you would receive antibiotics from us and stay longer in the recovery room to detect any bleeding that may have occurred.
  • The procedure itself can lead to increased bleeding. These can usually be controlled quickly with medication to encourage contraction of the uterine muscles and other medication to improve the body's own blood clotting.
  • Symptoms such as cramps, bleeding or infections can occur later - even days after the procedure.
  • After the procedure, there is usually an under-normal bleeding that can last from a few days to 2 weeks. Even more severe bleeding after a period of absence of bleeding is normal and usually disappears completely in the above-mentioned period. If the bleeding is really heavy, we are always ready to send you an email [email protected] (we always check our e-mails!) and can arrange an emergency check-up appointment.
  • If pain, cramps or fever occur, we are also available 24 hours a day via the emergency e-mail [email protected] to disposal. After an abortion, there is a wound surface in the uterus and usually a small amount of blood. This is, of course, in a certain way an ideal breeding ground for bacteria emerging from the vagina. Most of the time, the body's immune system keeps these germs in check, so we are rarely confronted with infections. However, if you notice the symptoms mentioned above, antibiotic therapy will also help.

Which complications are in principle possible with a medicinal abortion?

Medical abortion has been a successful and safe method of termination of pregnancy that has been practiced for many years. Typical, albeit rare, complications are:

  • The occurrence of too little bleeding or no bleeding at all. In these cases, repeated administration of Cyprostol (these are the tablets that are administered after 48 hours) can still trigger the abortion. If not, a surgical abortion can ultimately be performed. There are no additional costs for you.
  • The appearance of extremely profuse bleeding. If the bleeding appears threateningly severe to you or your circulation threatens to collapse due to the severity of the bleeding, you must contact our emergency hotline or go to a hospital, if necessary with the ambulance. However, this is a rare occurrence, but it seems important to us to inform you about it.

What are the differences between medical abortion and the surgical method?

The clear advantage of the drug method is that you save yourself an operation and anesthesia, even if this is usually harmless.

This method of termination is ideal, especially for very small pregnancies. This method is permitted up to the 9th week (63rd day post menstruation).

It's a very safe and reliable method, with a success rate of around 97-98%. The disadvantage is that the drug termination takes two days and women experience the termination, which some find uncomfortable.

How much experience is there with drug abortion?

The abortion drug has been used in France since 1988 in combination with a prostaglandin. It is now approved in almost all Western European countries and has also been added to the most important drugs by the World Health Organization (WHO) (List of Essential Drugs). So far, more than two million women in Europe have been treated with the abortion drug to the overwhelmingly great satisfaction.

Which of the two methods do you do most often?

Our patients choose surgical abortion more often. Because with this method the situation is over faster than with drug abortion. After the mini-procedure, the patient usually has a menstrual period that lasts only a few days.

Which is the better method?

There is no better way. It is always an individual decision, which is discussed with the patient. After an examination, we advise the patient which method would be more suitable for you. The decision depends above all on the size of the pregnancy. Both methods are very effective and have hardly any side effects.

What are the advantages of both methods?

The great advantage of the drug method is that the termination can be carried out very early and no surgical intervention is necessary. The great advantage of the surgical abortion is that it goes very quickly, the patient does not notice anything and does not feel any pain during the abortion.

To ask?

If you have any questions about termination of pregnancy and abortion, you can send them directly to our doctors using the form below. If you would like to make an appointment, you can reach us by phone on +43 1 5333 654 52. (in emergencies around the clock by email to [email protected] - we always check our emails!)

24h emergency & weekend hotline

You can reach us around the clock by Call, SMS, WhatsApp and Signal at the number 0676 661 0 992. Should you not be able to reach us straight away, we will call or write back as soon as possible and guarantee that an appointment will be made quickly and easily.