Aspiration abortion: Many women return to work or school the next day. We recommend that you do not do anything strenuous for 24 hours. The medications that you are given during the procedure can impair your judgment for up to 24 hours after your procedure. You cannot drive or engage in any activity that requires mental alertness for 24 hours after the procedure. Therefore, depending on the type of work you do, you may have to arrange for time off.
Medical abortion: You can return to work after taking the first medication, mifepristone. When you take the second medication at home, it will initiate bleeding and cramping within 1-4 hours. Depending on what time of day you take it and how you manage it, you may want to take the following day off work.
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