Chapter 3. Recommendations and best practice statements across the continuum of abortion care

Post-abortion (3.5)

The post-abortion period is the third and final part of the continuum of care for abortion. Post-abortion care includes any or all of the following, as needed or desired: optional follow-up check-up, management of residual side-effects or complications, and contraception services. When done safely, abortion complications are rare, but they can include incomplete abortion, haemorrhage, infection, uterine perforation, anaesthesia-related complications, uterine rupture. In line with international human rights law and medical best practice, post-abortion care should always be provided regardless of whether abortion is restricted in a particular setting.