Suction Abortion Home Care
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. Symptoms of 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 don’t be alarmed. Your activity level may affect the amount of bleeding or spotting and cramping you have. 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.
Assume that you can become pregnant any time after the abortion if you have unprotected intercourse.
After the abortion, you should do the following:
- Shower or bathe daily to promote good hygiene. If you are experiencing cramping, a warm tub bath or heating pad may help.
- It is OK to use tampons. Do not douche. It increases the risk of infection.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse for one week. You risk getting pregnant again if you have sex in the next week.
- Our clinic is available for future birth control needs.
The 24-hour MEDICAL EMERGENCY number for abortion related emergencies is:
701-298-9999 or 1-888-928-9009
For information or any other concerns, please call during regular office hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns.
Call the clinic if:
- Your temperature goes over 100.4 F. or 38 C.
- Your bleeding is twice as heavy as a heavy period, or if you soak more than two maxi pads per hour for two hours in a row.
- 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;
- You have no menstrual period within eight weeks.
Here 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:
- Your temperature within the last hour.
- The number of pads you have used during the last hour.
- The phone number of your pharmacy. If you are calling at night or on Sunday, make sure your pharmacy is open.
- The phone number where we can reach you if you are calling after hours.
If 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.
Patient Take Home Medication Information
Antibiotic: 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:
Metronidazole: Do NOT use any alcohol while on this medication and up to 48 hours after the last dose.
Pain Medication: For cramping pain you may take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Naproxen (Aleve), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Midol, etc.
Keep all medications out of the reach of children.
“Staff was so accommodating and helpful. Very appreciated at a time like this. Thank you.”
- Red River Women's Clinic Patient