Advice and Self Care
Take care of yourself
Stock up on lots of sanitary towels and have fresh towels and comfy pyjamas handy. Contact us if this is a problem for you
Try to take the pills when you have some rest time coming up. You’ll probably be a bit tired and sore for a few days and deserve some days in bed or on a cosy couch. Contact us if this is a problem for you
Like when you take any sick days from work, most employers will look for a sick note from your doctor to explain why you were absent from work / school. You do not need to tell your GP (doctor) that you are having an abortion. You can present to your GP saying you have an illness/condition which does not physically identify itself in the consultation such as; food poisoning, diarrhea or persistent headaches. This would not require you inform the doctor of your abortion. If you have any further issues with this let us know and we will try and help the best we can.
Pain relief and abortion
After taking the second batch of tablets required for medical abortion (mifepristone) most people will experience a lot of pain. This pain is caused by cramping. Cramping pain can last for the duration of the abortion but it should not be as severe as when you first take the pills.
From Women On Web: “Ibuprofen and Diclofenac are the most effective painkillers. If you cannot obtain those, Paracetamol or Tylenol (acetaminophen) also help. Please read the patient instructions of the package of painkillers you obtained for the maximum doses you can use. Do NOT use anti-spasmodics. As the misoprostol makes your uterus contract in order to push out the pregnancy, anti-spasmodics might interfere with the abortion process.
More questions and answers about what to expect during an abortion
We recommend this list of frequently asked questions and answers from womenhelp.org: https://consult.womenhelp.org/en/page/377/questions-and-answers Post abortion check ups and aftercare Most people do not experience any prolonged side effects from the early medical abortion pill but if you are worried about anything or just want to put your mind at ease here are a list of free post abortion check ups from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency Remember you do not have to say how you miscarried
BRAY WOMENS HEALTH CENTRE, WICKLOW 0818 227 034 www.braywomenshealthcentre.ie
CORK FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC 021 427 7906
FEMPLUS CLINIC, DUBLIN 01 821 0999 www.femplus.ie
IRISH FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION (IFPA) Cathal Brugha St. 01 872 7088 The Square, Tallaght 01 459 7686 www.ifpa.ie
LIMERICK FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC 061 312 026
MIDLANDS CRISIS PREGNANCY COUNSELLING SERVICE 1800 20 08 57 (Lo Call) SEXUAL HEALTH CENTRE, CORK 021 427 6676 021 427 5837 www.sexualhealthcentre.com TRALEE FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC 066 712 5322
THE WELL WOMAN CENTRE, DUBLIN Lr Liffey St. 01 872 8051 Ballsbridge 01 660 9860 Coolock 01 848 4511 www.wellwomancentre.ie
YOUTH HEALTH SERVICE, CORK 021 422 0490 021 422 0491
If you’re nervous about contacting them, contact us. Remember you do not have to say how you got an abortion (whether you travelled outside of Ireland, or had an abortion in Ireland)