How will I feel after the surgical abortion procedure?

It is during the first 10 to 15 minutes after surgery that patients have the most discomfort. This is caused by the uterus contracting and is comparable to menstrual cramps. There is a small percentage of patients who have cramps remaining after leaving the office which is usually relieved by the post-operative pain medications provided. Tylenol, Advil and other over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used as well. For patients less than six weeks, you may have intercourse the following day after your procedure. For patients more than six weeks, they may not use tampons, have intercourse, or douche for 2 to 3 weeks after the abortion procedure.

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