What You Need to Know About Post-Abortion Care: FAQs
Under the hands of a licensed Singapore abortion doctor, an abortion procedure is very safe. Similarly, proper post-abortion self-care is important for a full recovery, to avoid complications and prevent another unplanned pregnancy in Singapore. We answer some of the most frequently-asked questions on abortion surgery care tips below:
What are some possible post-abortion complications?
As with all surgical procedures, an abortion has its risks, which includes:
- Excessive bleeding
- Incomplete abortion
When performed by a qualified abortion surgeon in an accredited abortion centre, the occurrence of complications is significantly reduced.
Is it normal to experience bleeding and cramps?
Bleeding, coupled with cramps, is a common side effect of an abortion procedure, and it should subside within a few days or weeks. Painkillers are typically prescribed to help relieve discomfort.
How can I ensure fast and proper recovery after abortion?
Follow the tips below to facilitate a speedier recovery after an abortion:
- Rest as much as possible after the abortion procedure.
- Avoid strenuous physical exercises, especially those that involve heavy lifting.
- Avoid sexual intercourse and inserting anything into the vagina, including douching or tampons for at least 2 weeks.
- Use sanitary pads instead of tampons to manage the bleeding.
- Avoid swimming and hot baths for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Heating pads and warm compresses may be useful in relieving cramps.
- Take antibiotics as advised by the abortion doctor. Painkillers can also be taken for pain and cramps.
For some women, an abortion can cause emotional distress. Having a strong emotional support system in the form of family members, trusted friends or even a counsellor can be of great help.
When can I resume normal activities?
Most patients can return to work the day after an abortion procedure. You are also advised to avoid more physically strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, aerobic exercises and sexual intercourse for a few weeks.
Where can I get advice on contraception?
Contraception is strongly recommended after the procedure to minimize the chances of another unwanted pregnancy in Singapore. At our clinic, our gynaecologist will carefully assess your needs and preferences to recommend you a contraceptive method that suits you best.
Will there be a follow-up checkup?
Yes, it is very important to visit the abortion doctor again for a review 2 weeks after the abortion. During this follow-up review, the doctor will assess if your body is healing well and ensure that a complete abortion procedure has been carried out.
Tel: +65 6455 0050 (W GYNAE Women’s Clinic)