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Follow-up exam after a surgical abortion

A follow-up exam may be done about 2 weeks after a surgical abortion. The exam may include:

  • A physical exam, to check the cervix and uterus camera.gif.
  • 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 with your doctor any questions you have.

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Last Updated: August 31, 2012
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