Information & Support
Post Abortion Care
Immediately following a medication or surgical abortion, it is important that you follow all instructions given to you by the clinic. If you have any health or medical concerns following the procedure, don’t hesitate to call the phone number given to you by your abortion care provider.
Post – Operative Care
After an abortion, it is important that you take very good care of your body and avoid having sex, using tampons or immersing yourself in water, generally for at least two weeks. The clinic will give you specific instructions and it’s important you follow these to reduce the risk of infection and to ensure a quick recovery.
You may also need to go to a follow-up with the clinic or with a GP two to three weeks after the procedure, to ensure you are no longer pregnant and there is no that you are clear of complications. The risk of incomplete abortion, complication or infection is small, but it is important to attend the follow-up.
Post – Abortion Contraception
Following an abortion, your normal menstrual cycle can resume almost straight away, meaning that it is possible for you to become pregnant again within a few weeks. This is a great time to reconsider your contraceptive options and seek medical advice if your previous contraception is no longer working for you.
When choosing contraception, some of the factors that you need to think about are your age, lifestyle, finances, previous contraception and what you think is suitable and acceptable for you.
I Want To Make A Complaint About My Care
The vast majority of feedback we receive from clients at Children by Choice is that their experience of abortion care has been a positive one. However, if your experience is different, you might want to make a complaint.
As with any type of health service, you may feel unhappy, or have further questions or comments about the service you received. Unhappiness about treatment can range from a lack of information about the procedure, to questioning why a particular procedure was used, to being spoken to abruptly by a staff member. Whatever the concern is, there are a number of ways you can provide feedback about the service you received.
You can contact the healthcare provider and ask to speak to a doctor or clinic coordinator. You can write a letter to the provider expressing your concerns and/or questions. You can plan this contact by writing some notes about the date and details of your health procedure, what your concerns are, and what outcome you would like as a result of your contact.
If you find this process difficult or would like to talk generally about what happened, you can contact Children by Choice and speak to a counsellor about your concerns.