"Can I be pregnant if I had sex three days after having an abortion? Can I still use emergency contraception?" -Dee, South Africa

First things first. It is important not to place anything inside your vagina for at least two weeks after an abortion. Doing so may put you at risk for a uterine infection, as your body has not yet had a chance to completely heal from the procedure. If you have any questions about your aftercare and how to prevent complications like infection, do contact the provider who performed your abortion. Secondly, while it is not likely that your body has regained its ability to conceive, there is a small chance that you may have ovulated. If you ovulated, then yes, you can get pregnant if you had unprotected sex. Lastly- emergency contraception pills are a second chance at birth control if you had unprotected sex and you can read more about it here. Since you are not in the U.S., I don't know what emergency contraception methods are available to you and I would recommend you speak to the provider that performed your abortion for advice. In general, emergency contraception pills can help prevent a pregnancy if a woman is not already pregnant and takes the pills within 5 days of unprotected sex. EC is not as effective as choosing a birth control method that you can use accurately and consistently. -Emma

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