Post Procedure Instructions in Detroit, MI
Serving the Detroit Area
Medical complications are rare and you will return to normal very quickly. PLEASE CALL US, however, if you have a problem or question. Many of these will be routine and can best be handled during regular daytime clinic hours Monday through Saturday. EMERGENCY CALLS may be made any time, day or night, 24 hours a day. Please call: (313) 538-2020.
Post Procedural Precautions in Detroit, MI
Post Procedural Precautions
PATIENTS WHO WERE GIVEN SEDATION: The medications that help you relax for your procedure are very strong and can have a lasting effect in patients. You should not be driving, operating heavy machinery, or making any major decisions for the next 24 hours.
CONTINUING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY: If you have signs or symptoms that you are still pregnant 72 hours after your procedure, call or return to Scotsdale Women's Center.
You should have a check-up in three weeks. There is no charge if you return to Scotsdale Women's Center. Follow-up checkup exams are done on a walk-in basis, Tuesday through Saturdays at 10 AM. This checkup is essential to make sure you are completely back to normal. If you have concerns, you don't need to wait until your checkup. Call us at (313) 538-2020 with any questions.
BATHING:You may bathe as you normally do.
RISK OF PREGNANCY: Do not have unprotected intercourse as you could become pregnant again.
TEMPERATURE: An infection caught in the early stages can easily be treated. A rise in temperature can indicate an infection. You should take your temperature every morning and evening for the next week. If your temperature should reach 100.4 degrees you should call us immediately. DO NOT take your temperature within fifteen minutes after eating, drinking or smoking.
BLEEDING: There are many different normal bleeding patterns. You may spot for just a day or two, or you may spot for up to three weeks. You may have bleeding as heavy as a normal period and spot for a few days. Do not worry about the bleeding unless you are soaking through more than 2 regular pads in one hour or less. Call us immediately if the bleeding gets this heavy. It is normal to pass a few clots ( as large as a lime). Many women also have a brownish discharge up until their first period. It is also normal to have no bleeding at all.
MENSTRUATION: Your next normal menstrual period should occur following the first cycle of birth control pills or if you are not taking the pill, within 4 to 6 weeks (possibly 8 weeks). Your first period may be a little different (heavier or lighter) than normal.
TENDER BREASTS: You may have some tenderness or fullness in your breasts or even some discharge during the first week. This is normal and no treatment is required. You will probably be more comfortable in a tight-fitting bra.
CRAMPING: Menstrual type cramping is normal. It means the uterus is returning to normal. Some of you have been given medication to help the uterus return to normal, and it may cause cramping. You may use Tylenol or whatever you usually use for cramps. Do not use aspirin -it may cause you to bleed heavily. If you have severe cramps associated with large blood clots or excessive bleeding, notify us immediately.
EMOTIONS: A few women feel depressed after having an abortion and for them, this is a normal reaction. These emotions can be caused by the abrupt hormone changes which follow the procedure. As your body returns to its normal hormonal cycle, these feelings will probably subside. However, if you discover that depression or other emotions continue for more than a few days, feel free to call. Your counselor here at the clinic may be able to help you sort out your feelings.
BIRTH CONTROL: If you have elected to take hormonal birth control (pills, patch, ring), instructions for when to start your method will be provided. There is no better way of taking care of yourself than learning the facts about birth control. Our counselors are here to help you select the method best suited to you and your reproductive needs.
QUESTIONS: Please remember to feel free to call us anytime regarding a medical problem or question. Be prepared to give us information regarding your temperature, bleeding, and cramps. In case of emergency, please call the clinic and be ready with the following:
- A phone number where you can be reached by the doctor.
- The telephone number of a drugstore/pharmacy near your house in case the doctor needs to order a prescription for you.
- Transportation if you need to go to the clinic or hospital.
MEDICATIONS: You have been given a prescription for medication to aid your recovery. The doctor has ordered only the ones that he feels are absolutely necessary for your treatment.
MISOPROSTOL: This medication is to cause your uterus (womb) to contract (tighten) which helps the uterus return to its non-pregnant size and helps to prevent heavy bleeding. This is one of the medications that you are given to take home.
ANTIBIOTIC: An antibiotic is used to help prevent infection. You took this medication before your procedure. If you threw up your first dose, you may have been given some to take home.
IBUPROFEN: Non-narcotic medication used for pain management. This is another one of the medications that you have been given to take home.
PATIENTS THAT HAD MISOPROSTOL PREOPERATIVELY: You should start to feel better each day after the abortion. Feeling sick -including abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or weakness -more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol could be a sign of serious infection. Contact Scotsdale Women's Center right away if you have any of these symptoms. Do not wait for your follow-up appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. No question is silly if you don't know the answer.
Morning After Pill in Detroit, MI
At-Home Recovery Tips
Hospital Emergency Department Visits: The need to visit a hospital emergency department after an abortion at Scotsdale Women's Center is rare. Most concerns or complications can be handled at our clinic, and always at no additional fee. You may return to Scotsdale Women Center on any clinic day to address post-abortion concerns.
Clinic Check Before Your Scheduled 2 Week Follow-Up:Return to the clinic before your scheduled two-week checkup if any of the following occur.
- The signs and symptoms of pregnancy are still present (we'll discuss this more below).
- You develop a fever, chills or sweats.
- You notice any vaginal odor.
- You need to talk to a counselor regarding any issues your procedure has raised.
An Important Note:Any signs or symptoms of pregnancy that you had prior to your abortion should go away in the first 72 hours after your procedure. If you still "feel pregnant," or pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue or morning sickness/vomiting are not gone by 72 hours, call or return to Scotsdale Women's Center. Our phone number is 313-538-2020.
Specific Recovery Tips
- Pain Management- You were given a prescription for ibuprofen. Usually, this medication is very effective at relieving abdominal pain and cramps. If additional medication is needed, you may try alternating 1000 mg of acetaminophen/Tylenol with the ibuprofen.
- For Heavier Bleeding- rest with your feet elevated. Perform a uterine massage as instructed by the clinic staff. The most common time for increased bleeding, clots and cramps after an abortion are days 3 through 7 of recovery. As your hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels, the uterus cramps to return to the pre-pregnant size. This is the reason for recommending the uterine massage and pain management techniques listed above.
- For Abdominal Cramps- using warm or cold packs on the pelvic area can help with abdominal cramps. Begin with warmth and assess the effect. You may try changing to cold packs if you don't find the warm applications effective enough.
- Make sure you keep your fluid intake up to help with maintaining bowel regularity.
Call If: You may call us at 313-538-2020 if any of the following occur. There is someone available 24 hours a day at this phone number for emergencies.
- Profuse, watery bleeding is concerning, and you should call the clinic to advise us if you experience this.
- Call us, also, if you have cramps that aren't controlled using the above regimens.
- We have included a bleeding chart on the last page of this handout. Refer to it for guidance and call us if you experience excessive bleeding.
Self-Care: It is very important during recovery to take care of yourself.
- Drink lots of fluids, massage your uterus, and use the pain meds as directed, when needed.
- Remember, it's good to cry if you need it!
- Buy a box of Kleenex, some chocolate, and watch a sad movie if you need to cry.