After Abortion Care

Most medical or surgical procedures require some sort of after-care instructions. The facility and staff providing your abortion procedure should provide you with written instructions regarding both your physical health and safety and your emotional health for your after abortion care, if applicable.

Basic After-Abortion Care

  • Drink lots of fluids – water, milk, juice, sports drinks. Consider eliminating or limiting carbonated beverages for a few days to prevent the risk of gas build-up
  • If possible, take a few days off from work or school to give your body a chance to recover; rest and nap/sleep as much as possible
  • Take a daily vitamin and choose healthy foods, to aid your body in recovery.
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics, begin taking them right away and take the full prescription as part of your after abortion care.
  • Limit vigorous exercise for up to two weeks
  • Don’t lift anything heavier than about 15 pounds (average bowling ball weight)
  • No swimming, tub baths, or douching for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Do not insert anything into your vagina for a minimum of two weeks – this means no sex, no tampons, etc.
  • If the pregnancy was past 9 weeks, you may experience some breast soreness, tightness, swelling, and possibly some fluid leakage. Wear a well-fitting, slightly snug bra or sports bra until the feeling(s) are gone; these symptoms usually go away in about 2-4 weeks.
  • If you develop fever, extreme tenderness, or notice red streaks and/or heat in your breast, call your doctor.

Note: You may ovulate within a couple weeks after the abortion procedure which means you could get pregnant before you resume your normal period cycles.

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