Our staff is available to you anytime following your abortion. We encourage you to call during daytime hours (when your chart is available for review) if you think you might be having a problem or have other questions. If you have a surgical abortion, we encourage you to return after 2-3 weeks for a brief follow-up visit. No appointment is needed, and a pelvic exam is not performed. If you have a medication abortion, you must return for a follow-up visit, usually 1 week after your first appointment.
Feeling emotional after an abortion is common. Some women feel elated or relieved, while others feel sad. The best thing to do is to talk about how you feel with your partner or a good friend. If your feelings seem overwhelming, you may need more support. Call us and ask a staff member for referrals for further counseling or other support. You can also contact these resources and other helpful organizations on your own. Here is a small list of who may be able to provide help:
Exhale, www.4exhale.org. An after-abortion talkline free of charge.
Backline, www.yourbackline.org. A judgment-free, support for women’s decisions regarding pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and abortion.
Faith Aloud, www.faithaloud.org. For patients who may have religious concerns about abortion.
In the rare event that you need additional care for your abortion, we encourage you to return to Choice Medical Group (Now FPA Women’s Health). If you choose to go to another facility for your care, we are not able to cover the costs.
If you choose to be sexually active, and do not want to become pregnant, you must use a birth control method. Ovulation, or your body’s release of an egg with the ability to be fertilized, does occur before your next period and any unprotected sex could result in pregnancy.
We want to make sure that everything is normal after the abortion. We ask that you come back to the clinic for a follow-up visit after your procedure. There is no fee charged for this visit.