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Immediately following a medication or surgical abortion, it is imperative 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 the clinic.

Click here if you're looking for emotional support after an abortion. 

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 speedy 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 that you are clear of complications. The risk of incomplete abortion, complication or infection is small, but it is important to attend the followup.

Post-abortion contraception

Following an abortion, your normal menstrual cycle can resume almost straight away, meaning that it is possible for you to fall 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. There are many contraceptive options available than the pill or condoms, and some may be more appropriate to your individual needs than others.

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I want to make a complaint about my care

The vast majority of feedback we receive from women at Children by Choice is that their experience at an abortion clinic has been a positive one. However, if your exerience is different, you may wish to think about making a complaint.

As with any type of health service, you may feel unhappy, or to 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 clinic and ask to speak to a doctor or clinic coordinator. You can write a letter to the clinic 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.

In Queensland, if you cannot resolve a complaint with a health service provider, you can contact the Office of the Health Ombudsman.

Last modified on: 04 July 2016
Post abortion care
04 July 2016

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