Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health


Last reviewed: February 7, 2021


  • Routine follow-up care is not necessary unless desired by the woman or necessary for her chosen contraceptive method.
  • At the time of the abortion, clients should receive adequate information regarding postabortion care and warning signs.

Strength of recommendation: Weak

Quality of evidence: Very low


There is no scientific data to demonstrate that routine follow-up is beneficial after abortion at or after 13 weeks. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that a pelvic examination is beneficial in an asymptomatic woman if she does return for a routine follow-up visit.

Quality of evidence

Very low. The recommendation is based on expert opinion (World Health Organization [WHO], 2014).


World Health Organization. (2014). Clinical practice handbook for safe abortion. Geneva: World Health Organization Press.