post opPost-Operative Instructions-

While it is unusual for people to have major problems after an abortion procedure, you may call us during working hours with any questions, concerns or problems. In the unlikely event that you experience heavy bleeding of greater than 2 pads an hour or a fever of 101 degrees or higher, be sure to call our office at (212) 333-2708.

We are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.

An important part of your recovery is Post-Operative care. Please be sure to have a follow-up examination in two weeks. We urge you to have this examination with us so that we may be sure that everything has returned to normal and that there are no problems.

To protect against infection you must take an antibiotic for 3 days after the procedure. You will also need to take Methergine to help the uterus contract. All RH negative patients are given RhoGAM.

Until your follow-up appointment, please observe the following:
No gym classes  No tampons (use pads)
No douches     No vaginal intercourse
No swimming  No tub baths (you may shower)

Bleeding-The length of time that bleeding may occur varies with each patient. Some women have no bleeding at all, while others experience spotting, staining, clotting or menstrual- type bleeding on and off for several weeks. It is not uncommon to have no bleeding at all for 3 to 4 days- and then for bleeding to begin. It is recommended that you wear a sanitary pad everyday for the next week or so. If the bleeding is substantially heavier than your normal period, i.e.(more than 2 pads an hour), please call us anytime.

Fever- If you develop a temperature of 101 degrees or higher in the next week, please call us.

Breasts- If your breasts become swollen and tender, or you have leakage, wear a tight bra and sleep with the bra. You may lie flat with ice packs applied to the breasts twice a day. This condition will pass in a few days. It is uncomfortable, but does not require any special medical care.

Menstruation- Your first period should begin in 4 to 8 weeks. This period may be heavier than your usual period with more cramping and possible clotting.

Pregnancy- There is no way to predict exactly when ovulation (the release of an egg) will occur before your next normal period. Therefore it is possible to become pregnant at any time. Be sure to use a reliable method of birth control when you have intercourse. It is important that you do not have sexual intercourse until after you have a follow up examination.

Medications- Please consult the medication information sheet that you will be given. For cramps you may take Tylenol, Ibuprofen or other Tylenol-like medications.

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