If you're having sex (penis in vagina sex), using contraception is the best way to prevent pregnancy.
Some types of contraception also protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are many different types of contraception. Some work better than others. Talk to your abortion provider or visit Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa (formerly Family Planning) for information about contraception.
Contraception after an abortion
You can get pregnant from two weeks after an abortion. If you don't want to get pregnant after your abortion, start contraception straight away or as recommended by the nurse, doctor or midwife.
- For oral contraception (the Pill), it's recommended that you start the day after the abortion.
- For other forms of contraception, such as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) (Depo Provera, IUD, Implant), this should be in place before you start having sex (penis in vagina sex).
- If you're having an abortion at a clinic and want long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), discuss this with your abortion provider. This can be done at the same time as your procedure.