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An in-clinic abortion is a minor medical procedure to end a pregnancy. The most common type is vacuum aspiration. The doctor puts a tube in the uterus. The tube uses gentle suction to remove the contents of the uterus. This is done in a clinic by a doctor who has special training.
You may have cramps and light bleeding for up to 2 weeks after an in-clinic abortion. Most people can return to normal activities 1 to 2 days after the procedure.
Carefully follow all of your doctor's instructions after you've had an abortion.
If you didn't get instructions, follow this general advice.
This could increase your risk of infections that can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.
Take them exactly as instructed.
Most people can return to normal activities 1 to 2 days after an abortion.
You can get pregnant in the weeks after an abortion. If you don't want to get pregnant, talk to your doctor about birth control options.
Your doctor will give you information about what to expect after an abortion. Normal symptoms that most often occur include:
Follow your doctor's instructions on what to do at home.
911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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If you or someone you know talks about suicide, self-harm, a mental health crisis, a substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, get help right away. You can:
Consider saving these numbers in your phone.
Go to 988lifeline.org for more information or to chat online.
Call your doctor now if you have any of these symptoms after an abortion:
Call your doctor for an appointment if you have any of these symptoms after a recent abortion:
Unless you are having problems, you probably won't need a follow-up exam after an in-clinic abortion.
Current as of:
April 19, 2023
Author: Healthwise StaffClinical Review Board: All Healthwise education is reviewed by a team that includes physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals.
Current as of: April 19, 2023
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