Surgical Abortion Care - Topic Overview continued... Call your doctor for an appointment if you have had any of these symptoms after a recent
abortion: Bleeding (not spotting) for longer than 2
weeks New, unexplained symptoms that may be caused by medicines
used in your treatment No menstrual period within 6 weeks after the
procedure Signs and symptoms of
depression. Hormonal changes after a pregnancy can
cause depression that requires treatment. Follow-up exam after a surgical abortion
follow-up exam may be done about 2 weeks after a surgical abortion. The exam
A physical exam, to check the
cervix and uterus . A lab test to check for a low human chorionic
gonadotropin (hCG) level, which means that the pregnancy has
ended. A blood test, to check for
anemia. A discussion of birth control use.
If birth control measures were started immediately after the abortion
procedure, the proper use of the method can be discussed again. If you had an
intrauterine device (IUD) inserted at the time of the
abortion procedure, you can discuss any questions you have with your
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September 22, 2010
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