OPTIONS aftercare

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

This page provides information on what to expect after your termination of pregnancy. This is written information for you to keep. Please read this information.

We will answer any questions you may have. Prior to leaving, you will be given a follow-up appointment if required, and an after care pack.

Should you need to ask any further questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Pregnancy Advisory Service
Telephone: 01709 424542
Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm

Counselling Service
Telephone: 01709 427636

Contraceptive Nurse
Telephone: 01709 424606

Day Surgery Centre
Telephone: 01709 424565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Ward B11
Telephone: 01709 424349
Weekends or out of hours

What can I expect after my procedure?


Most women experience crampy abdominal pains following a termination of pregnancy. Mild painkillers may be required to control the pain, e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen.

If the pain is not relieved by mild painkillers, contact Pregnancy Advisory Service (PAS) on 01709 424542 or B11 on 01709 424439 (out of hours). If the pain is severe, please attend the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC).


It is normal to lose red blood and small clots from the vagina, following your procedure. The bleeding can last for up to your next menstrual period. It is unusual for some ladies not to bleed.

You should not use tampons until the blood loss has stopped, only use sanitary towels. This is to prevent infection.

The blood loss will become darker, then stop. If the bleeding is excessive, or offensive, contact PAS on 01709 424542 or B11 01709 424349 (out of hours). In emergencies, please attend the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC).

Pregnancy symptoms will gradually disappear, as your hormone levels return to normal. Breast tenderness is usually the last pregnancy symptom to go.

If you continue to experience symptoms of pregnancy three to four weeks after your termination, please contact us.

If you have had an outpatient termination, you will have been advised to carry out a urine pregnancy test 3 weeks after your procedure. If this is positive, it is important to contact us, as we will need to arrange a follow up appointment to rule out any complications.


You should refrain from sexual intercourse until you have stopped bleeding.

It is possible to become pregnant again shortly after the procedure. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you use contraception, immediately after your procedure, or as advised. If you need advice, please contact your own GP, family planning or contraceptive nurse.

It is also advisable to use a condom until after your next period. This is to prevent infections.


There is a small risk of infection. If you have continuous and heavy bleeding, lasting pain, tenderness of the abdomen, or offensive discharge or temperature, and a general feeling of being unwell, you should contact your GP, PAS or B11.

Emotional support

Women experience a wide range of emotions following a termination of pregnancy. Making a decision like this can be very difficult, so before, during and after treatment support is available if you wish to use this service.

You can speak to a member of staff, who will arrange for you to see our counsellor, or you can make contact with us at a later date.

Please remember that we are here to help, and we do understand this can be a difficult time.



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  • Page last reviewed: 23 February 2023
  • Next review due: 23 February 2024