Frequently Asked Questions About Abortion

What happens after my abortion?

Right after your abortion, you’ll rest in a recovery room usually about 30 minutes to an hour. Please plan to bring someone to help you get home safely. If you have any kind of sedation, we can’t let you drive or leave by yourself. You should take it easy for the rest of the day.

You will be able to go back to work, school, driving, exercise, and most other normal activities the next day. You can have sex as soon as you feel ready.

It’s normal to have some bleeding after an abortion. You can use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup — whatever’s the most comfortable for you. You may have spotting for several weeks. Some people don’t bleed at all. Any of these are normal reactions.

You’ll get written instructions about what to expect and how to take care of yourself after your abortion. You’ll get a phone number you can call with any questions or concerns — we’re here to help 24/7 after your abortion.

It’s important to take all of your antibiotics, no matter how you feel. You will come back for a follow-up appointment in approximately 2 weeks.

Most people don’t have any problems after their abortion. Recovery is usually quick and easy. Please call us right away if you:

  • soak 2 maxi pads per hour for 2 hours
  • have belly pain or cramps that don’t get better with pain medication
  • have a fever of 100.4℉ or higher
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