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after your procedure

Instructions For After Your Procedure

Immediately After Your Procedure

  • Wait at least 4 hours to drive if you had a narcotic drug or feel you are unable.
  • Eat as soon as possible; you can eat whatever you want.


  • Pain similar to bad menstrual cramping is normal. The cramps may come and go.
  • Relieve pain by rest, knee-chest position, heat or ice to the lower abdomen, heat to the lower back, and the pain reliever prescribed to you.
  • If the pain is persistent or increases, call us. If you are weak, fainting, pale or have severe pain, call us or go to the emergency room.
  • If you are overly active, pain may increase. Be sure to take your pain medication and decrease activity.


  • Is normal if similar to a heavy period. It may be bright red or dark in color.
  • Excessive bleeding may be caused by too much activity.
  • If flow is heavy, try rest and ibuprofen and message.
  • You may start and stop bleeding for up to 6 weeks and this is normal.
  • You may pass some clots with the bleeding and this is normal.
  • Your first normal menstrual period will start in 2-8 weeks, usually.
  • Symptoms of pregnancy should be gone in 7-10 days and your pregnancy test may be positive (+) for 2-8 weeks.

Medications You Have Received

  • Doxycycline or Azithromycin: This is an antibiotic to prevent infections. You are to take them as prescribed until they are gone. Take with food. Start TONIGHT.
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol: These are pain relievers. Take them as instructed.
  • Birth Control/Contraception: Start this today unless instructed otherwise.

Contact Us Immediately If:

  • You have a fever of 101 degrees or more.
  • You saturate a full size maxi pad, front to back side to side in an hour.
  • You pass clots bigger than a silver dollar and you continue to pass them for 2 hours. Passing an occasional clot is normal.
  • You have abdominal pain that is not relieved with Advil (Ibuprofen) or Tylenol.
  • You have a question that is urgent and not answered on this care sheet.
  • If you feel you need emergency attention call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

Frequently Asked Questions:


I haven't bled at all – is that OK?

Yes, bleeding can vary from none to heavy for several weeks.

How much is “too much” blood loss?

If you are completely saturating 1-2 thick maxi-pads an hour, call us.

When can I have sex?

We recommend no sex for 2 weeks to help prevent infection.

When do I start my birth control?

Start that day or the following day of procedure. DONT WAIT.

Do I need to come in for a checkup?

Most people have no problems or complications and do not need to return. If you think you do, call us and we can make an appointment. It is good to follow up with your doctor for birth control.

Why am I having a positive pregnancy test?

It takes approximately 2 weeks for pregnancy hormones to drop to normal levels.

When will the morning sickness stop?

Usually that symptom takes approximately 24-48 hours to stop.

What if I notice an odor?

It is normal to have different vaginal odors, but if it is a foul smell with discharge, call us.

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"The doctor treated me as though I was a friend. It was so nice to have detailed explanations during every step of the procedure, and the assistant was holding conversation with me the whole time. It made my experience not traumatic and no one was judgmental."