After the Termination
You will return to the day-patient ward, where you will be monitored until you are fully awake and ready to go home.
If your blood type is rhesus negative, you will receive an injection of anti-D gammaglobulin before you leave the hospital.
A menstruation-like bleeding is common after surgical termination. It usually subsides within the first week after the procedure, but can last up to 3-4 weeks.
You can expect the first period four to six weeks after the abortion.
In most cases the “egenmelding” allowance of 1-3 days is sufficient.
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.
You should start contraceptives the same day as the termination. To minimize the risk of infection you must not use tampons, bathe in a bathtub, or have intercourse for as long as there is a bleeding after the termination, and for a week after the bleeding has subsided.
Contact the Gynecological clinic if you experience increasing abdominal pain, bleeding and/or a temperature over 38.0 °C / 100.4 °F.
In rare cases, the abortion is not successful, and the pregnancy continues. Please do a pregnancy test four 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 call the hospital.
Advice and councelling
A womans reaction after an abortion can vary from a feeling of relief to sadness and depression. Amathea is a free health service that offers consultation before and after abortion. The councellors at Amathea have much experience working with issues related to unplanned pregnancy and abortion. You can contact Amathea at Tlf. 815 32 005. You can read more about Amathea at www.amathea.no