It's estimated that nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States will have an abortion by age 45, a safe procedure that, even in the face of recent legislation and ongoing court cases, remains legal in much of the country.

If you've recently had an abortion, you may have spent significant time and energy evaluating your options and choosing the best procedure. What you may not have spent much time thinking about was your sex life afterward. While sex after an abortion might feel anything from normal to different to absolutely terrifying, some prior knowledge and advice can help you reframe your approach.

How soon after an abortion can you have sex?

After an abortion of any type, including procedural and medical abortions, pregnancy symptoms can last for up to six weeks. These symptoms can include bleeding, cramping and breast tenderness.

These symptoms may affect your decision about if and when to resume having sex. Although some sources suggest waiting for two weeks after ending a pregnancy, medically speaking, you can have sex whenever you feel ready,