AFTER YOUR ABORTION
You may resume normal activities by tomorrow, including showers.
You will also be likely to experience some bleeding and cramping
for the next week or two. It should not be heavier than a normal
period, and could even be quite light.
IN ORDER FOR YOU TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF,
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS:
- Take your temperature at bedtime
every day until your follow-up visit. Record your temperature.
- You may use Ibuprofen,
Advil, or Aleve as needed for cramps. We advise you to take the
Colace tablets or similar stool softeners to prevent constipation.
Dulcolax suppositories may also be used if needed and are available
over the counter.
- Do NOT drink alcohol or use Aspirin
AT ALL for 2 weeks, as this will increase the chance of excessive bleeding
- Do NOT put anything in the vagina
for the next 2 weeks. This means no intercourse, no douching, and no tampons,
as these things can cause vaginal infection. Keep these things out of
the vagina to allow your body time to heal.
- Do NOT run a pregnancy test as
it will come out positive for up to 30-40 days until the pregnancy hormone
clears from your system.
- YOU NEED TO COME IN FOR
YOUR FOLLOW-UP EXAMINATION WITHIN 7 TO 10 DAYS FROM THE DAY OF
THE FOLLOW UP EXAM INCLUDES A PELVIC EXAM AND VAGINAL ULTRASOUND
DONE BY THE PHYSICIAN, AND DISCUSSION OF FURTHER CONTRACEPTIVE
MEASURES. A PAP SMEAR IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT AN ADDITIONAL
CHARGE. IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND IT IS VERIFIED AHEAD
OF TIME, YOU MAY USE THIS FOR YOUR FOLLOW UP VISIT AND TUBAL LIGATION
IN A HOSPITAL SETTING FOR THOSE PATIENTS THAT DESIRE PERMANENT
CONTRACEPTION (STERILIZATION PROCEDURE).
- If you come after the 10 day
deadline, you will pay the regular fee of $110.00 for the office
visit, pelvic exam, vaginal ultrasound, pregnancy test, and consultation.
- PLEASE WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING
• Recorded temperature higher than 100.4°F.
• Severe abdominal pain or cramping
• Bleeding heavier than a normal period
• You may also pass a few blood clots. Do not be alarmed; this is
• Unusual vaginal discharge or odor
• Allergic reaction such as skin rash or severe respiratory difficulty
This facility informs all patients as follows:
In the event any of the complications outlined above should occur,
patients may reach the physician on call through the answering service
at (713) 940-5928 after hours, or through the office
during office hours at (713) 772-6422.
This center will make every reasonable effort to respond to the
patient within 30 minutes of the patient's call, through a physician
or a licensed nurse, and the patient may also contact the emergency
medical service (By calling 911 for TRUE EMERGENCIES), or present
for care at the emergency room of the nearest hospital IN ADDITION
to contacting this facility without delay.
REMEMBER, IF YOU SEEK MEDICAL CARE ELSEWHERE, WE CANNOT
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS OR THE RESULT.