Pregnancy Test After Abortion - Am I Still Pregnant?
How do I know my abortion has been successful? Am I still pregnant after my abortion?
With questions like this in mind, the best way to get the reassurance that the abortion has been successful, especially if you have taken the abortion pill(s), is to do a pregnancy test.
Your pregnancy test after abortion
We advise that you take a pregnancy test 4 weeks after your treatment to confirm that your abortion has been successful and that your body is returning to normal.
If you take the test too early, it may show a false positive. This is because the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) may still be present in your body.
Avoid digital pregnancy tests after abortion
Please be aware that it's not advisable to take a digital pregnancy test after your treatment. This is because digital tests are very sensitive and may pick up even the slightest trace of hCG in your body, anything up to 8 weeks post-treatment. So you might think you're still pregnant when you are most probably not.
Understanding the pregnancy test results
A negative pregnancy result
If you've had no issues following your abortion - and have a negative pregnancy test - you do not need further follow-up.
A negative which then appears as a positive test result
If you get a negative test - which later appears to be positive - check whether or not you read the pregnancy test within the time stated on the packaging. Results read outside of the given timescale may not be reliable. If in doubt, repeat the test.
A positive pregnancy result
If you have a positive pregnancy test at 4 weeks after treatment - but do not have any pregnancy symptoms - take a second test at 5 weeks.
If this test is also positive, please call us anytime on 0345 300 3737 from Northern Ireland or 1 800 200 374 from the Republic of Ireland to talk to one of our nurses.
Can I get pregnant straight after my abortion?
Yes. It's possible for women to become pregnant immediately following an abortion, so please ensure you do not have unprotected sex after your abortion. We offer a range of contraception options at the time of treatment.
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