CARE Program provides abortions using conscious (awake) sedation and local anesthesia for managing pain. Your clinic visit may take up to four hours as time is needed to check-in, talk with the counsellor, sign the consent form, have the procedure, and rest in the recovery area.
Please read through the following information to help you take care of yourself after your abortion and to learn about your recovery process.
After you leave the clinic, it is a good idea to rest for the remainder of the day, and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Many women find it helpful to take the next day off from work or school.
Because the medications you have been given will stay in your system for several hours, you must avoid driving or operating any mechanical devices, and avoid alcohol and street drugs for 48 hours.
You can get pregnant again soon after an abortion. You can start using a birth control method immediately (the Pill, Patch, vaginal ring, Depo Provera® injection, or IUD).
- No swimming pools or hot tubs
- No tub baths
- No douches or vaginal sprays
- No vaginal intercourse (sex)
- No tampons
Showers and sanitary pads are OK.
You may have bleeding, like a period for about 1 to 2 weeks. The bleeding may be light at first, then it may become heavier after a few days. Some women have very little or no bleeding, which is also normal.
Your period will return in 4 to 6 weeks (sooner if you start birth control pills, the Patch or the vaginal ring). Your period may be delayed if you have a Depo Provera® injection or an IUD inserted.
You may have period-like cramping or pain for 1 to 2 weeks following your abortion. You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or Ibuprofen (Advil® or
Motrin®) for pain. Do not use Aspirin®.
Most of your pregnancy symptoms will go away within a few days, but some (such as breast changes) may last longer if you are using birth control pills, the patch or vaginal ring.
Your breasts may leak small amounts of fluid. This is normal.
Changes in your mood may be related to the changes in hormone levels and will be short term. It may take a few weeks for complete physical and emotional recovery.
If you have any of these problems:
Too much bleeding:
- More than 3 pads soaked in 2 to 3 hours;
- Blood clots larger than a lemon.
Signs of Infection:
- Fever higher than 38°C. (100.4°F.);
- Chills or shivering;
- Unusual, bad smelling discharge from your vagina
- Severe pain (not controlled by medication or comfort measures);
- Vomiting or nausea that does not go away in a few days;
- No period by the end of 6 weeks (unless you have had a Depo Provera injection or a Mirena IUD inserted);
- Pregnancy symptoms that persist after 2 weeks
Call: (604) 875-2161
- Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and ask for “Pager 2412”
- Monday to Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and ask for the “CARE Doctor on call”
- If you cannot reach us or if you live out of town, go to your local hospital emergency room.
If you have any concerns after your abortion, we recommend a follow up visit in 2 weeks. You may make an appointment to see a doctor at CARE, your family doctor, a youth clinic, an Options for Sexual Health Clinic, or a walk-in clinic.
If you have had an IUD inserted, it is important to have it checked by a doctor in about 6 weeks, to make sure the IUD is still in place.
If you require further counselling, please call us at: 604-875-2022 to arrange a post abortion counselling visit
call the Pregnancy Options Service (POS) at 1-888-875 3163 or 604-875-3163, to speak with a counsellor.