After the abortion
- A menstruation-like bleeding is expected following the abortion. It commonly lasts from 2 to 4 weeks. Brown discharge is also normal
- Avoid using tampons during this period, bathe in a bathtub or have intercourse
- The menstrual period can be expected to return 4 to 6 weeks after the abortion
- During the first menstrual period after the abortion, you can bleed more and for a longer period than usual.
You must do a pregnancy test 4 weeks following the abortion, to confirm that the pregnancy is successfully terminated. The test can be bought in the pharmacy or be done at any doctor’s office. If the test is positive you should contact the hospital.
To avoid getting pregnant, we recommend starting contraceptives the same day as the medical abortation.
If your gestational age is over 9 weeks, and your blood type is rhesus negative, you will receive an injection of anti-D gammaglobulin before you leave the hospital.
You should contact the hospital if:
- The pregnancy test is positive.
- If you experience abdominal pain and heavy bleeding.
- Discharge with a bad smell.
- Fever and a temperature over 38.0°C / 100.4 °F.
In most cases patients can leave the hospital the same day as the procedure. Because of the medications you receive, you should not drive a car on the day of the abortion. You should ask someone to pick you up at the hospital. It is recommended to have someone with you the first 24 hours following the abortation.
In need of advice? Contact Amathea
The decision of having an abortion may be a difficult choice for someone. If you need counselling, you can contact
Amathea, which is a free service that offers advice and councelling concerning unplanned pregnancy and abortion.
Telephone: +47 815 32 005