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BLEEDING Most women bleed for around 1-2 weeks after an abortion. It is best to use sanitary towels during this time. You should expect the bleeding to be like a normal menstrual period. You may also pass some small blood clots. In most cases the bleeding will then stop but you may experience spotting until your next period. Following a surgical abortion, a few women will not experience bleeding until the next period is due. If your bleeding soaks 2 or more sanitary towels per hour for 2 hours in a row, then you should contact the clinic, or Aftercare Line urgently for advice. If you cannot call, go to A&E.
PAIN Most women experience cramping on and off for about a week after an abortion. You can take the pain medicines ibuprofen and paracetamol if needed. You can buy these over-the-counter pain medicines from a pharmacy, supermarket and many other shops without a prescription. There are two strengths of ibuprofen tablets - follow the directions that apply for the strength that you buy. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with these medicines, and take them as directed. You can take paracetamol and ibuprofen together if the recommended dose of either medicine alone is not controlling your pain.
FLEELINGS After an abortion most women feel relieved, but some may also feel sad or guilty. If you feel you need to talk to someone you can make an appointment for post-abortion counseling. This is a free service for women who have had treatment at BPAS. Call us on 0836958080.
Physical symptoms as your body recovers Symptoms of nausea, vomiting and tiredness usually stop within 3 days of an abortion. Sore breasts may take 7 to 10 days to disappear. Your breasts may feel firm and tender and leak milk after your procedure. Your breasts will return to normal after 3 to 4 days of swelling. You will feel more comfortable if you wear a supportive bra and apply cold ice packs to your breasts. Take ibuprofen or paracetamol, if necessary for the pain.
YOUR NEXT PERIODS Your next menstrual period will begin 4-6 weeks after your treatment. If you have not had a period 6 weeks after your treatment, you should do a pregnancy test. If it is positive, ring the clinic or Aftercare Line. It's important to remember that any bleeding immediately after your treatment is not a period.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Take a bath or shower as normal. Take care if you have a bath in the 24 hours following a general anesthetic. You will need to make sure someone is around to keep an eye on you, in case you still feel drowsy. Other activities, including work Most women will be fit and well enough to return to normal activities within a day or two. Our best advice is to rest until you feel able to return to your normal routine.
SEX You should avoid having sex for one week. You can get pregnant almost immediately following an abortion, so it’s important to use contraception if you do not want to get pregnant. Gynecology In addition to providing abortions and pregnancy testing, WOMEN clinic provides comprehensive gynecological services for patients of all ages, from adolescence to post-menopause. At the OB-GYN clinic, we understand the intimate and special nature of the relationship between the gynecologist and patient, and foster that relationship by providing the highest quality of medical care in a truly patient-centered manner. Walk-in Pregnancy testing If you have missed a period, you can come in for a urine pregnancy test and speak with one of our gynecological providers. This service is 150rand for adolescents 18 years old and younger with ID
D&C (Dilation and Curretage) D&C is a procedure in which the cervix is dilated (gradually widened), after which a special instrument called a curret is inserted into the uterus and used to gently scrape and remove the contents. This procedure is used at CHOICES for some first-trimester abortions, incomplete spontaneous abortions, and benign thickening of the edometri