INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS AFTER AN ASPIRATION ABORTION
WHAT TO EXPECT
Vaginal Bleeding: Most women have bleeding like a heavy period for a few days after the abortion. It is common for the bleeding to stop and start for several weeks after the abortion. Some women have no bleeding for 2 or 3 days and then begin to have bleeding like a period. Other women have only spotting for a few days and then no more bleeding at all. If you exercise or have a lot of activity, you may notice the bleeding increases; this is normal and not dangerous.
Cramping: Some women have cramps off and on during the week following an abortion. You can use pain medication like Tylenol®, Ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®), or Naproxen (Aleve® or Nasprosyn®). You can also use a heating pad, or drink some warm tea or soup.
Your emotions: Most women feel very relieved when the abortion is over. Some women also feel sad. These feelings are partly from the changes in hormones, now that you are no longer pregnant. Feeling emotional at this time is normal.
When will your period come back?You can expect a period in 4-8 weeks. It is not the same for all women.
To contact us: You can call us at ________________. If you are soaking more than 2 maxi pads an hour for 2 hours, if you have a fever over 100.4F/38C, or if your pain isn't helped by the medicine, please be sure to call. If you have other questions, think something is going wrong, or think you have an emergency, you should call us.
Follow-up: If you want or need a follow-up visit, your appointment is ______________at _____AM/PM.
Contraception: You can get pregnant before your period comes back, so it is important to use a birth control method whenever you have sex.
If you want to use birth control pills, the ring, or the patch, I have given you a prescription. You should start this today or on Sunday_____________[date], even if you are still bleeding.
If you want to use the DepoProvera® shot, I have given it to you today; you need to come back in 3 months for the next one.
If you want to use the IUD, I have inserted it today. It starts to work right away.
Emergency Contraception (EC):If you are not using the IUD and have sex without protection, and you don’t want to get pregnant, you can use Emergency Contraception (EC) to prevent another pregnancy. I have given you a prescription for Plan B®, or you can buy it over the counter at the pharmacy. You can take these two pills as soon as you have unprotected sex. This is not another abortion; PlanB® is a method of contraception, to prevent pregnancy.