After having any type of medical procedure done, it is important to follow up with your healthcare provider. This is especially important if you have had an abortion, regardless of whether it was surgical or medical. Without the post-abortion assessment and follow-up appointment, undetected complications could be detrimental to their current health or future fertility.
Post Abortion Care at Advice & Aid – the Physical Assessment
Four to six weeks after your abortion, a Registered Nurse will meet with you and assess your health, completing 1) a questionnaire, 2) a set of vital signs, 3) a finger stick to measure Hemoglobin levels, and 4) a pregnancy test to determine if HCG (the pregnancy hormone) is still present in your system. You will also be given the option to have STI testing at that time. One of our physicians will be consulted by the nurse about the post abortion assessment to determine whether any further actions are needed to ensure your health and well-being. If the physician decides you need further evaluation, an appointment will be scheduled with the physician.
Post Abortion Care at Advice & Aid – the Emotional Assessment
After your physical assessment, you will meet with a member of our Awakenings Team for the emotional and spiritual assessment. (Awakenings is Advice & Aid’s after abortion support program to help those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual effects of abortion.)
Awakenings Loss Support
The Awakenings assessment is a time for you to share your abortion experience and any emotions that you may be feeling in a safe and confidential environment. If you do not currently feel the need to talk about anything, that is ok. Acknowledging the effects of an abortion and seeking help can be difficult. Whether it is experienced right away or years later, if and when you are ready, we are here.
We aim to serve the whole person, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and we believe that an abortion decision, in some manner, touches every part.
We have an article on our website that deals with post-delivery care – that article contains valuable information pertaining to post-abortion care as well. It’s information that every woman should have.