- SUCTION ABORTION
You have had minor
surgery and should take good care of yourself for the next few days. Take it
easy, listen to your body and use common sense. You may return to normal daily
activities whenever you feel ready. This is generally within a couple of hours or 1-2 days following the surgery.
pregnancy, including nausea, should be gone within 24 to 48 hours. Breast
tenderness may last up to a week. Your body will be undergoing some changes in
that time, due to a drop in the hormones of pregnancy. These hormonal
changes can cause mood swings for a few days. It can also be normal to not
have these mood swings, it does not mean that the abortion was not complete.
DO NOT take a
pregnancy test in the first few weeks after your abortion - it will be
positive. It can take up to 6 weeks after the abortion for a pregnancy
test to become negative.
Bleeding and cramping
may stop soon after your abortion and then resume three to five days later.
Passing of clots at that time is not unusual.
You may continue to have bleeding or spotting for up to three weeks after your
abortion. This is normal. It is
also normal to have little to no bleeding at all, so donít be alarmed. Your
activity level may affect the amount of bleeding or spotting and cramping you
You can expect to
have your first normal menstrual period in four to eight weeks. It may be
heavier and have more clots than your normal periods. If you are using birth
control pills, you should have bleeding at the end of each cycle of pills. If
you have no period after two cycles of pills, have a pregnancy test done.
After the abortion, you should do the following:
1. Shower or bathe daily to promote good hygiene. If you are
experiencing cramping, a warm tub bath or heating pad
is OK to use tampons. However, do
not douche. It increases the risk
3. Abstain from sexual intercourse
for one week. You risk getting pregnant again if you have sex in the
5. Our clinic is available for future
birth control needs and annual pap smears.
information or any other concerns, please call during regular office
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday
We are happy to answer any
questions or concerns.
Call the Clinic If:
1. Your temperature goes over 100.4o F. or 38o
2. Your bleeding is twice as heavy as a heavy period, or if you
soak more than one maxi pad per hour for two hours in a row.
3. You have severe cramping that is not relieved by warm tub
baths or medications such as Aleve, Advil, Midol, Tylenol, etc., taken for pain
every three to four hours and you are unable to rest;
4. You have no menstrual period within eight weeks.
is a handy chart to look at if you are concerned about bleeding. When you
speak to the on-call staff - you can tell them how much you are bleeding and
we can be sure you are accurately describing your bleeding:
When You Call Us, You Should Know:
1. Your temperature within the last hour.
2. The number of pads you have used during the last hour.
3. The phone number of your pharmacy. If you are calling at night or on Sunday, make sure your
pharmacy is open.
4. The phone number where we can reach you if you are calling
you have an abortion related emergency, our staff is available by telephone,
through an answering service, 24 hours a day. Be sure to leave your area code if a call-back is indicated. We will NOT be responsible for expenses you incur by going someplace else
without calling us first.
Take Home Medication Information
You were given a pre-op antibiotic to prevent
infection. If other antibiotics were prescribed, take them as directed.
If you are given the following:
use any alcohol while on this medication and up to 48 hours after the last
For cramping pain you may take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
such as Naproxen (Aleve), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Acetaminophen (Tylenol),