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In-Clinic Abortion Care

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An in-clinic abortion is a minor medical procedure to end a pregnancy. The most common type is vacuum aspiration. The doctor puts a tube in the uterus. The tube uses gentle suction to remove the contents of the uterus. This is done in a clinic by a doctor who has special training.

What can you expect as you recover?

You may have cramps and light bleeding for up to 2 weeks after an in-clinic abortion. Most people can return to normal activities 1 to 2 days after the procedure.

Carefully follow all of your doctor's instructions after you've had an abortion.

If you didn't get instructions, follow this general advice.

When to call a doctor

Your doctor will give you information about what to expect after an abortion. Normal symptoms that most often occur include:

Follow your doctor's instructions on what to do at home.

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

Call your doctor now if you have any of these symptoms after an abortion:

Call your doctor for an appointment if you have any of these symptoms after a recent abortion:

Follow-up care

Unless you are having problems, you probably won't need a follow-up exam after an in-clinic abortion.

Credits for In-Clinic Abortion Care

Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rebecca H. Allen MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine

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