After Abortion Care Instructions
No intercourse (sex) for 2 weeks. Putting anything inside your vagina can increase your chances of getting a pelvic infection which would require additional treatment and may endanger your future fertility. Be sure to consider birth control when you begin having intercourse again as most women can get pregnant soon after an abortion procedure.
Tampons and Douching
Do not douche. You should never douche unless instructed by a doctor. Do not use tampons until released by doctor at 2 week follow. Again, putting anything inside your vagina following an abortion can increase your chance of getting an infection requiring additional treatment.
No sit down baths, swimming or hot tubs until released by doctor at 2 week follow up. You may shower and shampoo whenever you’d like.
You can return to normal activities such as going back to work, school or housekeeping, the day after your procedures or as soon as you feel able. If you have an exercise program which you engage in regularly (jogging, tennis, weight lifting) you may gradually work yourself back into your program after 10 days. This is NOT the time to begin an exercise program. Use your own judgement, if an activity causes cramping or bleeding to increase, stop doing it. Sit down and put your feet up. If you need a medical excuse for work or school, please let the recovery person know so it can be prepared for you.
Birth control is necessary following an abortion if you are having intercourse and do not want to become pregnant. Information about different types of birth control is available for review at NFWS and a short term prescription may be prescribed at your follow up appointment. If you go to a private physician or a clinic for your post check, ask about birth control while you are there.
FOLLOW UP EXAM
It is important to get a check-up in two to four weeks after your abortion. Your post check visit at NFWS is free as long as it is within 6 weeks of your abortion. If you seek outside follow up care, please be advised that an early detection pregnancy test may remain positive for 4-8 weeks post abortion.
North Florida Women’s Services is available for emergency consultations 24 hours a day (850) 877-3183
CALL US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Temperature of 100.4 or more.
- Totally saturating more than one full size maxi pad per hour.
- Passing clots larger than a strawberry.
- Severe cramping, pain, or anything that is unusual.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction to medication.
In order to better assist you with a possible post abortion problems, please have the following information ready for our emergency on call staff:
- Your last temperature reading.
- The number of pads you have used in the last 4 hours.
- The size and amount of any clots you have passed.
- The name and phone number of the nearest open pharmacy.
IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE HAVING A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY CALL 911