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Before you have an abortion at a women’s clinic, you’ll speak with the gynecologist about the procedure and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Be sure to ask what you can expect from the recovery process and which symptoms warrant a call to the women’s clinic . Continue reading to find out more about recovering after an abortion.

Resuming Normal Activities

Follow your gynecologist’s instructions for recovering from your abortion. You should rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. Most women can resume normal activities the next day; however, avoid strenuous activities if they cause you pain. If you’re taking prescription pain relievers, you’ll need to refrain from driving.

Managing Bleeding

It’s normal to bleed for up to a week after a pregnancy termination. Some women may bleed intermittently for a few weeks afterwards. You may also pass small blood clots and experience cramping. Use a sanitary pad, rather than a tampon, and call your gynecologist if the bleeding is very heavy or the pain increases.

Preventing Infection

You can reduce the risk of contracting a pelvic infection by avoiding vaginal intercourse, douching, and the use of tampons for two weeks following the abortion. It’s advisable to shower, rather than take baths. Additionally, take any antibiotics you may have been given according to their instructions.

Expressing Emotions

Some women experience complex emotional challenges after having an abortion. This can include those who wholeheartedly embrace a woman’s right to choose. You may wish to share your feelings with a close friend or with a professional counselor. Stress management activities, such as writing in a journal, may help you come to terms with your feelings.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists are courteous professionals who will listen carefully to your needs and concerns, and provide personalized care. You can view our range of gynecology services on our website or call our women’s clinic at (202) 659-9403 to learn more. Our gynecology team is pleased to serve women in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.