Abortion is a medical procedure that is done to end a pregnancy. As with any medical procedure, follow-up after an abortion is very important to help ensure you are not experiencing complications. This applies for both surgical and medical (abortion pill) abortions.
The medications that are used in the abortion will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. They may also cause other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, chills, diarrhea, headache, and short term fever. Very heavy bleeding (soaking 2 or more pads per hour for 2 hours), severe abdominal or back pain, fever that lasts longer than 24 hours, and foul-smelling vaginal discharge are symptoms that require IMMEDIATE care.
Routine follow up after a medical abortion is important to make sure that you are healing properly and that the abortion is complete. This appointment may include a pregnancy test, ultrasound, and an exam by the physician or nurse practitioner. Because abortion is often surrounded by a mix of emotions the healthcare professional will be able to help assess your need for support and resources.
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