What To Expect After Your Abortion
There’s hardly any medical procedure that doesn’t involve any risk. The same implies when it comes to abortion. Abortion may also have risks and potential side effects. The risks may vary from person to person depending on their health status and medical condition.
There are a plethora of factors that women should take note of before undergoing any sort of abortion procedure. For example, abortions that are performed in the second trimester are considered riskier in comparison to the ones performed in the first trimester.
Some latest statistics studies revealed that the rate of abortion is only going upward.
However, we can’t neglect the complexities involved in the procedure. Every woman who is planning to opt for pregnancy termination should be aware of the issues that may arise in the future. After all, the process of going through this emotional as well as physical phase is not that easy.
So, What to expect after abortion
Each woman’s post-abortion bleeding is variable in intensity.
The majority of the bleeding, if you chose a medical abortion, will likely occur the day you take misoprostol. With an average bleeding time of nine days, medical abortions seem to be more painful than surgical ones.
The first few days after a surgical abortion, you might not bleed much or at all. 3 to 5 hours later, you might start bleeding roughly as much as you do during your typical menstrual cycle.
Depending on whether you had a medical or surgical abortion, light bleeding could continue for a few days to about two weeks. Bleeding may come and go for some people.
Some reports conveyed that spotting may continue up to 4 weeks post abortion, or can be longer depending on the health status of the woman.
– Pain and Cramps
Pain and cramping are very common issues that you may face after an abortion. It happens because your body expels the pregnancy and your uterus is coming to its original shape. Keep in mind that post-abortion pain can be severe in comparison to typical menstrual cramps.
If you have undergone a surgical procedure to abort your baby, the cramping you experience may feel like menstrual pain. However, it can later become more severe say after 3 to 7 days of an abortion.
– Other Common Side Effects
Every woman’s body is different, so you may feel some, all, or some of these symptoms.
Many women may feel minor tenderness or pain in their breasts even before the abortion and it may continue for some days after they opt for an abortion. It has also been said that this is the last symptom to go away.
It is normal for women to experience a small amount of mucus-like discharge that can vary in various colors ranging from red, purple, brown, or blackish. During the discharge, some blood may appear.
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Some women have also experienced things like Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that lasted for one day. However, if this lasts longer than a day, you need to consult with your practitioner, but at the same time, it’s not a sign of an emergency.
Shivering & Fatigue
Some females may also experience chills, shivering, and fatigue in many cases. It can also be accompanied by a minor fever. After an abortion, your body takes some time to recover so you can also feel less enthusiastic and dizzy.
Are There Any Potential Future Risks Of Abortion?
Although abortion has many risks in terms of emotions, relational, and spiritual, many women said they felt relaxed and relieved and looked forward to living a normal life again. As there are always two sides to a coin, many women also experience some negative emotions like guilt, being alone, etc. Many physical problems also arose at some point in their lives. However, such cases are rare.
It is evident that after pregnancy termination most women can become pregnant again.
After the procedure, most women can become pregnant again. Abortion, however, may raise the possibility of problems that could harm future pregnancies and the health of future children.
Visit our Post Abortion Care page or schedule a consultation at the Women’s Health Center to learn more about the emotional risks associated with abortion.
If you still feel any side effects associated with your pregnancy even if the 2 weeks are passed, or if you didn’t bleed at all after taking abortion pills, it is advised to follow up with a healthcare professional. These could be signs of an incomplete procedure.
After having an abortion, it is normal to feel a range of emotions. You may feel relieved, sad, or guilty. It is important to give yourself time to process these emotions and to talk about them with someone you trust.
Your body will also need time to recover from the procedure. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for aftercare and call them if you have any questions or concerns.