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After The Appointment

After Your Appointment

After the procedure, you will have recovery time right in the room your procedure was done in. No need to move to another room to recover. You will be given a blanket, heating pad, and offered juice and a light snack if you desire.

Your recovery time is really a short period of your time in our office. You will be surprised how quickly you will recover from your procedure.

After your recovery time, you will have another chance to speak with the doctor in the privacy of his office, to go over your post-op instructions and medications, including birth control.

Finally, and very important, you will make an appointment for your post-op check-up. You can come back to our office in three weeks, and see the doctor, or our nurse practitioner or nurse midwife.

Your other option is to make an appointment with your own gynecologist in three weeks. This is a very important appointment to make sure you have healed, and make sure you are using the method of birth control that is right for you. Most patients do not have any problems or complications after an abortion procedure. These instructions will answer some common questions and give you advice to help ensure your best recovery.

Recovery Time

you should rest as much as possible on the day of your procedure. You may feel tired for a few days and should avoid strenuous physical activity, such as vigorous exercise or heavy lifting, but may resume normal activities the day after your procedure.

Birth Control

After the procedure, you will still be fertile. If you have unprotected sex, you can become pregnant again in as little as 10 days after the termination. If you do not want to become pregnant, be sure to start using a reliable method of birth control.

Prevention of infection

To prevent infection, we will give you antibiotics to take after your procedure. Be sure to start taking the antibiotics today and take them as directed. It is important to finish all of the antibiotics, even if you feel fine. Take all other medications, if given, as directed.

To prevent infection, do NOT insert anything into the vagina for 3 weeks. This includes, but is not limited to, tampons, douching, and intercourse. You may use normal menstrual pads and take baths and showers.

Possible symptoms after the procedure

  • Fever
  • If you suspect fever, please check your temperature using a thermometer. If your temperature exceeds 100°F, please call our office.

  • Bleeding
  • It is perfectly normal to have bleeding after the procedure. It may differ from your usual menstrual bleeding. Don't be alarmed if there is no bleeding. Normal bleeding can be any of the following: a - No bleeding b - Spotting (can persist for up to 4 weeks) c - Heavy flow for a few days d - Bleeding that stops and then starts up again e - Your next regular period will usually begin again in 4 to 6 weeks

    Call us if you have abnormal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding is soaking through one or more maxi pads per hour for more than 2 hours, or continued bleeding for more than 10 days after the procedure. Remember, spotting is normal and can last up to 4 weeks after the termination process.

  • Cramping
  • It is not uncommon to have cramps for the first week after the procedure, particularly if you are also passing clots. Too much vigorous activity after the D&C can increase cramping.

    Three Week Follow-Up

    It is very important that you have a checkup in 3 weeks after the termination process. This visit is to make sure that you are not still pregnant and are not having any complications. If you do not want to have the follow-up visit here, you must make follow-up arrangements with your personal physician. A sample and/or prescription for birth control products, if desired, will be given to you at this time.

    When to Call

    If you have any of the following problems, be sure to call us or your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Temperature of 100°F or more
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding (soaking through one or more maxi pads per hour for more than 2 hours)
  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Rash or hives after taking the antibiotics
  • Symptoms of pregnancy (breast tenderness or nausea) lasting for more than 2 weeks after the termination.
  • Menstrual periods have not started up again by 6 weeks after the procedure.
  • Please call us at (0027)787112335 with any questions or concerns. We are always happy to help.

    Information for Patients about Medications

    When leaving today you will receive 1 or 2 of the following prescription medications checked below. It is important that you take all your medication as directed.

    Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to prevent bacteria that live in the vagina from infecting the uterus. It is taken two times per day for seven days. Metronidazole is safe for penicillin allergic patients, but should not be taken by nursing mothers and patients with a known allergy to Metronidazole (also sold as Flagyl). Metronidazole may cause some abdominal discomfort and should be taken with or after meals. Patients taking Metronidazole should not drink alcohol.

    Ergonovine is used to help keep the uterus contracted. After the pregnancy is removed, the uterus must contract in order to prevent vessels that supplied the pregnancy from bleeding. It is taken four times per day for three days. People with unstable high blood pressure should not take Ergonovine. Some patients will experience leg cramps, headache and nausea with Ergonovine. If these symptoms occur, you should stop taking the Ergonovine.

    Doxycycline is an antibiotic used to prevent bacteria that live in the vagina from infecting the uterus. It is taken two times per day for five days. Doxycycline is safe for penicillin allergic patients, but should not be taken by nursing mothers and patients with a known allergy to Tetracycline. You should not sunbathe while taking doxycycline. Doxycycline may cause some abdominal discomfort and can be taken with meals.

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