We stress the importance of your follow up pregnancy test because we want to ensure you have had the best medical care available. We recommend testing 6 weeks after your abortion. You can either return to our office for a free pregnancy test or take a home test. Should you have any questions, we encourage you to call our office during business hours to speak with a nurse.
It is important to monitor your temperature for 7 days following your procedure. Take your temperature morning and evening. Call our office immediately if you run a fever higher than 100.4.* Keep objects out of your vagina for 2 weeks following the abortion.
- Do not use tampons, menstrual cups, bathe, swim, or douche.
- Do not engage in sexual intercourse.
Rest and Recover
Avoid strenuous cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, spinning, and aerobics for 2 weeks following the abortion.
You will experience cramping. We will prescribe pain medication to ease your discomfort. You may take Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve) along with the prescription medication. Please DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN as it will increase bleeding.
It is normal for cramping to increase and peak 3-6 days after the abortion. The prescribed and over-the-counter medications should relieve the symptoms. Contact us if you experience severe abdominal pain or pain that persists an hour after taking pain relievers.*
You may experience bleeding, spotting, and discharge following the procedure. Please monitor your discharge. If you begin to experience heavy bleeding (saturating more than one full-size pad per hour for 2 hours), call our office.
Your period should resume within 4-6 weeks. Contact us if you do not start your period 6 weeks following the abortion.
We recommend you perform a pregnancy test 6 weeks following your abortion. You may test yourself using a home pregnancy test, or return to our office for testing.
* If calling after normal business hours, please provide our staff with the contact information for a pharmacy that is open and available to receive prescriptions.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
Because we recognize the importance of caring for both your physical and emotional well-being, we also offer after abortion care and counseling. You will have the opportunity to speak with a counselor immediately following your abortion. We encourage patients to call us if they want to speak to someone in a supportive and comfortable environment.
The most reliable indicator of whether you will experience feelings of distress after an abortion is your emotional stability before the abortion. Choosing to have an abortion is an important decision. The decision-making process may be stressful, even if the outcome is ultimately positive.
Although the most common emotion after an abortion is a relief, you may also experience feelings of loss or sadness. Some people may have difficulty after an abortion because of:
- Obstacles encountered while trying to obtain abortion care
- Feeling alone while making an important decision
- An environment where choosing abortion may be stigmatized
Some feel grief even though they know they made the right decision. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The feelings are real, and you should give yourself permission to have them. The following resources may help:
Our blog post about the myth of “Post Abortion Syndrome”
Exhale offers nonjudgmental and nonpolitical follow-up abortion counseling
Peace after Abortion is a book written by Ava Torre-Bueno, a counselor with over 35 years of experience in abortion care. Her book is available for purchase through her website.
Backline offers unconditional and judgment-free support during pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and abortion.
Catholics for Choice is a religious organization promoting the belief that Catholic teachings mean that every individual must follow his or her own conscience.
Faith Aloud is a group that is helping to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion. Faith Aloud counselors are clergy and religious counselors from these backgrounds: Roman Catholic, Jewish, Unitarian-Universalist, Protestant Christian, and Buddhist.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is a group of national organizations from major faiths and traditions working for policies to strengthen reproductive justice.