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When you visit a women’s clinic for an abortion, the gynecologist will give you all the information you need for the procedure. You’ll learn which type of abortion you’re going to have, what you can expect during the procedure, and what you can expect afterward. Immediately after the abortion, you’ll be taken to a recovery area for monitoring before being released. Upon your discharge, you’ll receive additional instructions for the types of symptoms to watch out for and how to care for yourself during your recovery.

Typical Symptoms

It’s normal to experience some symptoms following your abortion. For example, you may experience spotting or other irregular bleeding for the next three weeks. Cramping is common for the first two weeks, although some women experience cramping longer than this. After a pregnancy is terminated, your hormone levels will drop. This causes emotional reactions such as mood swings.

Rare Complications

Some women may notice a milky discharge from the breasts following an abortion. This will dissipate within two weeks; avoid trying to express the discharge. Although it isn’t common to experience severe side effects from an abortion, it’s important to be aware of when you should call the gynecologist. Alert the women’s clinic if you bleed heavily and persistently, or if you pass very large blood clots. Other rare complications include increasing pain, persistent vomiting, and signs of an infection, such as dizziness.

Self-Care Measures

Give yourself as much time as you need to rest after your abortion. Avoid sexual intercourse for at least one to three weeks and be sure to use condoms when you do engage in intercourse. You can relieve cramps by taking over-the-counter pain relievers recommended by your gynecologist. Use pads instead of tampons to reduce your risk of an infection and take antibiotics as prescribed.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we strive to make women’s health services available to all, regardless of financial situations. Give us a call at (202) 659-9403 to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist today. Our women’s clinic in Washington, D.C. is proud to serve women throughout the Maryland and Virginia areas.