After an abortion most women find that they can return to their normal activities the next day. There may be some bleeding and cramping or a discharge, but that is normal. Be sure to take any medications that have been prescribed. And if you will be taking birth control pills, start them on the Sunday after your procedure.
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If you have had General Anesthesia
It is a good idea to rest for 24 hours after your abortion. Take it easy and rest. Drink clear liquids. No heavy lifting or exercise. Do not drive until the next day.
If you have had Local Anesthesia
Take it easy and rest. You should not drive for 12 hours after your procedure, but you may return to your normal activities the next day.
Call us IMMEDIATELY if you have:
- Excessive bleeding
- Strong cramping with no relief
- Fever over 101° F
- No Period 4 to 6 weeks later
Mon – Fri 8AM to 5PM | Sat 8AM to 2PM
After Hours “EMERGENCY”
If possible, call us FIRST before going elsewhere.
Having an abortion Does Not Affect your Fertility
You can actually become pregnant again right after an abortion, although we advise you not to have sex for one week after your procedure to help prevent infection. Be sure to take precautions!
We Provide Post-Abortion Counseling
Each woman reacts differently to having an abortion. We understand that feelings can range from relief to grief, so our counselors are here for you not just before your abortion, but right after an abortion.
Two-Week Check Up / Follow Up
We encourage you to follow up two weeks after your abortion with a FREE. It’s extremely important to make sure there is no infection in your uterus and to see that you are healing properly. There is no charge for this appointment. Appointments can be scheduled most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 5, and on Saturdays from 8 to Noon.
As a gentle reminder, and out of respect for all our patients, we ask that you not bring babies or children with you for this appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to call us at (503) 221-1870.