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Postabortion Care

Postprocedure Information:
How to Take Care of Yourself after Abortion

  • Resume normal activities only when you feel comfortable enough to do so.
  • Take the medications you have been given correctly and completely.
  • Iron tablets will make your blood normal and healthy again. Take them as prescribed
  • Keep your follow-up appointment as scheduled. Return at any time if you have concerns.
  • If you are interested in using a family planning method, talk to a provider about starting one right away. It is possible to become pregnant as soon as you resume sexual relations.
What to Avoid
  • Strenuous activity for 2-3 days
  • Sexual relations until the bleeding has stopped
What Is Normal
  • Bleeding and cramping similar to a normal period for up to one week
  • Mild fatigue for a few days
  • Mild depression or sadness for several days
What Is Abnormal
  • Fever
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Bleeding that is twice as heavy as a normal period
  • Vaginal discharge that smells bad
Contact your health care provider immediately if you experience any of these symptoms!

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