Family Planning Provider Tips:
Termination of Pregnancy
- If you have taken mifepristone, in 1 to 3 days you will take the misoprostol.
- If you have taken methotrexate, in 4 to 6 days you will take the misoprostol.
- Call the clinic if you
- do not experience bleeding and cramping within 48 hours of taking
- have heavy vaginal bleeding that is soaking through more than
2 maxi pads an hour for 2 hours in a row;
- have a fever greater than 101° for more than 4 hours;
- throw up for more than 4 hours; or
- have a lot of pain even with pain medication.
- You may continue to have some bleeding for approximately 2 weeks.
- Return to clinic in 1 to 3 weeks to make sure you have no complications
from the procedure. Even if you experienced cramping and bleeding, this
is no guarantee that your pregnancy has ended.
- Start your birth control before you have sex.
- Wait 2 weeks before having sex again.
- Expect your next period in 4 to 8 weeks.
- You may return to work tomorrow, or as soon as you feel ready.
Lynne Bartholomew, MD
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Washington