Sexual and reproductive health

Post-abortion family planning

A practical guide for programme managers

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 88
Publication date: 1997
Languages: English, French, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/RHT/97.20 - Web only


A manual, addressed to the managers of abortion care and family planning programmes, focused on the special needs of women who have undergone an abortion. Noting that such women are in critical need of family planning services, the manual offers practical advice on ways to counsel the post-abortion client and provide the services needed to prevent another unwanted pregnancy. Particular attention is given to the need to adapt services to the clinical condition of the post-abortion client and her special psychological and social needs. Ways to link post-abortion care to family planning programmes are also considered.