Key Points for Providers and Clients

Postabortion Care

  • Fertility returns quickly, as early as 8–10 days and usually within 1 month after spontaneous or induced abortion. Women and couples need to start using a family planning method almost immediately to avoid unplanned pregnancy.
  • Information provision and counseling (where desired to support decision-making) regarding the return of ovulation within 2 weeks, contraceptive methods, and self-care at home are essential components of postabortion care.

Violence Against Women

  • Violence is not the woman’s fault. It is very common. All health care providers can do something to help.


  • Infertility can often be prevented. Avoiding sexually transmitted infections and receiving prompt treatment for these and other reproductive tract infections can reduce a client’s risk of infertility.