Postpartum contraception: subsequent pregnancy, delivery, and abortion rates

Fertil Steril. 1976 Jan;27(1):97-103.


The first subsequent pregnancy rate in a group of women who accepted a variety of contraceptive methods after delivery and after therapeutic abortion is reviewed. Regardless of method chosen, 20 to 30% of postdelivery and 18 to 20% of postabortion patients were pregnant again after 1 year. In those patients who chose no method, 30 to 40% of postdelivery patients and 19 to 30% of postabortion patients were pregnant again 1 year later. When the postdelivery and postabortion patients were compared by outcome of this first subsequent pregnancy, there was no indication that subsequent therapeutic abortion was utilized to a greater extent by those who had had a prior therapeutic abortion than by those who had had a prior delivery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Therapeutic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Contraception*
  • Contraceptives, Oral
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intrauterine Devices
  • Postpartum Period*
  • Pregnancy*


  • Contraceptives, Oral