Urgent Medical Care

It is rare for any serious medical problems to occur after an abortion. If you experience any of the following symptoms after an abortion, get immediate medical attention:

  • Prolonged or heavy bleeding
  • Raised temperature and feeling unwell or fainting
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Pain and cramping for more than five days
  • Chest, rib or shoulder-tip pain

If you have any of these symptoms, you should go to your doctor or local hospital immediately as you could have an infection or another complication. More detailed information will have been provided to you by the abortion clinic you attended.

Disclosure of Previous Medical History
It is important that a woman has full confidence in her health professional, regarding all issues relating to pregnancy miscarriage and termination of pregnancy. Equally it is important that as a consequence of that trust, she is willing to be fully open and honest with that health professional.

It is vital to give a complete and full medical history, especially around these issues.

A woman should always be encouraged to reveal her full pregnancy history including miscarriages and medical/surgical terminations. Not to do so, could result in misdiagnoses and subsequent problems.

A woman should be made empathetically aware of this.

To find the locations of free medical services, visit the Find a Service section.