• Following the procedure, rest quietly at home for the remainder of the day.
  • Heat helps. If you have pain, place a heating pad or hot-water bottle on the abdomen or back. Hot baths frequently promote muscle relaxation and relieve discomfort. Repeat the baths as often as they provide comfort.
  • You will probably experience intermittent bleeding for the next 10 to 14 days, which may be light or moderately heavy–decreasing with rest and increasing with standing, walking, or other activity. Use external sanitary pads for bleeding.
  • If contraception is desired, it can often be initiated shortly after the procedure. Speak with your doctor about this.
  • Your next menstrual period should begin 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.



  • Prescription pain medication should generally be required for only 2 to 7 days following the procedure.
  • You may use nonprescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce risk of infection.



  • Normal activities may be resumed almost immediately.
  • You should have no sexual relations for 1 week following the operation.



  • No special diet.



Any of the following occurs:

  • Vaginal discharge increases or smells unpleasant.
  • You experience pain that simple pain medication does of relieve quickly.
  • Unusual vaginal swelling or bleeding develops.
  • You develop signs of infection: general ill feeling and ever, headache, muscle aches or dizziness.