Because many women resume sexual activity shortly after an uncomplicated abortion, contraception is an integral part of comprehensive abortion care. Fertility may return early after first trimester abortion: ovulation can occur as early as six days after a vacuum aspiration and as early as eight days after mifepristone is administered. In our training, research, and community outreach work around the globe, Ipas seeks to ensure that women are offered effective methods of contraception that they can use starting immediately after an abortion.
Ipas also believes that contraceptive information and services should be available to all women so that they can manage their own fertility and prevent unwanted pregnancy. Too often, health systems fail to reach women with the information and services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancy. We are working to fill these critical gaps by providing social support and sex education for women, and with programs to train health-care providers in the provision of methods of contraception.