First Trimester Procedure
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A first trimester aspiration pregnancy termination can be completed in just one visit to the office. Up to 14.0 weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP) (2.38 BPD), the entire process – including counseling, lab work, tests and the abortion – is usually completed in a three to four-hour visit. The abortion procedure will take approximately 10 minutes and consists of a cervical block, slight dilation of the cervix, and gentle suction (aspiration) to remove the pregnancy.
Keep in mind that abortion is a medical procedure involving your health, your body, and your mind.
- After the abortion you may eat and drink normally. It is best to avoid strenuous activity, avoid lifting over 10 pounds, and avoid spending a lot of time on your feet. Be guided by how you feel.
- Please put NOTHING in the vagina for at least 7 days.
- Do not have vaginal intercourse.
- Do not use tampons- sanitary pads only.
- Do not douche, go swimming, or take a tub bath- showers are fine.
Follow up appointments are generally not required, but are available as needed at no additional cost. Every woman experiences bleeding differently. Bleeding can range from a heavy period to none at all, and vary from day to day. An increase in activity may increase this bleeding, therefore we recommend women to slowly increase their activity back to their normal level. Your next normal period should begin in 4 to 8 weeks. A pregnancy test may still show a slight positive in this time as the pregnancy hormones leave your body. If you do not have a period within 8 weeks from the procedure date, please call us.
It is possible to get pregnant before your first period begins. Therefore, if you want to avoid another pregnancy, you should use the birth control method which has been advised for you by our counselors and/or your physician. Hormonal birth control methods such as pills, the Depo Provera injection, the Nuva Ring, and the Ortho Evra Patch, Nexplanon, Merina, may change your cycle. If you have questions, please call the office.
Be sure to report if:
- Your bleeding is heavier than the heaviest flow of a normal period
- You continue bleeding longer than two weeks (although it is normal to spot longer)
- Your temperature is ever 100.4 degrees or more.
- You have any foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- You have severe pain, or pain unlike menstrual cramps
- You soak through a maxi-pad in 1 hour or less
- If you pass clots that are quarter-sized or larger
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