After abortion care, women typically receive information from providers and staff about what to expect after the abortion. This written or verbal information often includes instructions regarding if and how to take antibiotics, suggested strategies for managing pain and/or bleeding, a list of symptoms that should trigger return to care, and a list of behaviors that should be avoided. Women are often told to avoid baths, vaginal intercourse, and strenuous work, although there is no evidence to support these recommendations. Receiving a long list of after-care instructions may unnecessarily burden women and may undermine other messages women receive about the safety of abortion care. Furthermore, women may experience “information overload,” contributing to decreased adherence to evidence-based recommendations (eg. prophylactic antibiotic administration), or confusion about expected and concerning symptoms. We intend to investigate women’s experience with after-care instructions.
We will partner with Gynuity Health Projects for research design, data collection, and data analysis. Our study will be a non-randomized, observational, survey-based study with a small interview-based component.