What to Expect After Surgery
- Bleeding is normal after
surgery, and varies from woman to woman, and some women continue to
bleed for 2-4 weeks after surgery.
- Cramping is normal. You
should expect some cramping to last a few days to a week.
- All of these situations
are normal, and not cause for concern.
How To Relieve Cramping
- Try one
of the following "over the counter" medications: Advil, Nuprin,
Motrin, Medipren - DO NOT take aspirin products, they may increase bleeding.
- Apply a
heating pad or hot water bottle and elevate your legs.
- Sit on your
toilet while massaging your lower abdomen downward.
- Any time that you feel your
bleeding is abnormal.
- If you are soaking through
more than one maxi pad per hour.
- If cramping is continuous,
getting worse and/or your abdomen gets hard, and is not relieved by
following our instructions and taking the recommended medications.
- If your temperature is above
- If you pass multiple blood
clots larger than a silver dollar, for more than an hour.
- Foul smelling discharge
accompanied by lower back pain.
In case of a problem or medical emergency:
- If you are experiencing
a serious or life threatening emergency, proceed to the closest emergency
- During normal working hours
call the office if you are having a problem.
- If you are having a real
and sudden problem, call the 508-222-7555 and speak to the answering
service. They will have a Four Women Health Services nurse call you back. Please be
considerate when calling the staff after normal hours.
For Two Weeks Following Your Abortion or Your Follow Up Visit
- Keep your follow-up examination
- Do not insert anything into
- Do not have vaginal intercourse.
- Do not use tampons.
- Do not douche.
- Do not swim or take baths,
showers are fine.
Be careful! You CAN get pregnant after
an abortion and before your next period.