It is normal to have some bleeding after your procedure. The bleeding may be light and last only a few days, or it may be somewhat heavy (like a menstrual period) and last up to 2-3 weeks. Some women have no bleeding, or bleeding that stops and then starts again. Some women also pass blood clots. Please call us if your bleeding is so heavy that you soak more than 1 maxi pad per hour.
Most women experience cramping after the procedure, but the intensity and duration depend on the individual. Measures that can help include using a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen, taking pain medicine (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, prescription pain medicine), or uterine massage. However, if your cramping does not get better after trying these measures, please call us.
Take the antibiotic pills that you were given, according to the instructions. It is important that you finish taking all of the pills. Do not put anything in your vagina for two weeks following your procedure to help decrease the risk for infection, including no tampons and no sex.
Your next period should come within 4-8 weeks after your procedure. Sometimes the first period is not like your regular periods—it can be heavier or lighter, longer or shorter than normal. This will regulate itself within a month or two. You can get pregnant at any time if you are not using birth control, even if you aren’t having regular periods. Start your birth control as instructed.
Condoms & vaginal spermicide are available at drug stores, and if used together can protect you from both pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections.
Hormonal birth control (birth control pills, Nuva Ring, Ortho Evra patch) should be started the day of your abortion. However, the first seven days of contraception may not protect you from pregnancy, so use condoms also. Hormonal birth control will not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
It is normal to have a wide range of feelings about having an abortion. It can be a stressful time. These free, confidential resources are available to you for support:
Call us if you experience any of the following symptoms: