Is there a Risk of Infection After a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)?

After an MVA, chances of infection are small. Althought there is not a medically proven amount of time that you have to wait to do specific activities, such as shower/bath, exercise, have sex, or use tampons/mentrual cups, we recommend that you avoid introducing objects into the vagina until the bleeding lightens. Antibiotics may also be…

How Long Will it Take to Recover From a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)?

Recovery times after an abortion will be different for everyone and will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are when the abortion occurs. Also, there is no medically proven amount of time that you have to wait to do specific activities, such as shower/bath, exercise, have sex, or use tampons. Whenever you feel you…

How Long Will I Bleed After a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?

In most cases, women experience light bleeding for two to three weeks after the surgery. However, some patients do not experience any bleeding and other patients have spotting or bleeding off and on. Some women do not bleed at all and some may experience bleeding similar to menstruation after an MVA. Any amount of blood…

When Can I Have Sex Again After a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?

You can have sex as soon as you feel ready. It is important that you feel well, any pain is reduced, and bleeding has significantly lightened. The best indicator to consider is your own sexual desire. [1] Sources [1] “Clinical updates in reproductive health.” Ipas, 2020, www.ipas.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ClinicalUpdatesInReproductiveHealthCURHE20-English-digital.pdf. Accesed November 2020.

When Will My Period Start After Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?

An in-clinic abortion method does NOT affect your future fertility. It is possible to conceive a few weeks after your procedure, even before you have a period. There are no indications that surgical abortion affects a woman’s ability to conceive when she is ready. Abortion starts a new menstrual cycle, so your period should go…

When to Start Using Birth Control After An Abortion?

It is possible to conceive a few weeks after your procedure, even before you have a period. If you wish to prevent a future unplanned pregnancy, it’s a good idea to learn about birth control. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women may start contraception at the time of a surgical abortion; therefore, it…

What Should Be the Post-Abortion Care and Contraception After a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women may start any contraception method immediately after a surgical abortion. If you wish to learn more about the different contraception methods, please click on this link: www.FindMyMethod.org or visit your local family planning clinic. [1] Sources [1] “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems.” World…

What Is the Success Rate for Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) abortions?

When performed by trained health professionals, Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is 99% effective. The pregnancy hormone rapidly decreases after an MVA, but it still takes time for the hormones to get back to normal. Your home urine pregnancy test should become negative after ~ two weeks. [1] Sources [1] “Clinical updates in reproductive health.” Ipas,…

Is a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion Painful?

All methods of in-clinic abortions are mostly associated with strong cramps during the procedure. Local anesthesia is often used for these types of abortions, and this helps to numb the area around the cervix to ease some of the pain during the procedure. Often this cramping will improve quickly afterwards, but some women may experience…

What Are the Side Effects of a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion?

Most women will experience bleeding and cramping during and after a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) abortion. Some women do not bleed at all and some may experience bleeding similar to menstruation after an MVA. Any amount of blood can be normal, except TOO MUCH blood (i.e. soaking four pads within two hours). We advise that…