Post abortion: What to expect
Recovery after an uncomplicated termination procedure is usually quite straight forward. But post abortion experiences are different for every woman. There are some things to expect which are normal and other signs and symptoms, which are not. It’s important that you know the difference.
Normally women will bleed for around one to two weeks post abortion. It is best to use sanitary towels during this time. The bleeding is usually like a normal menstrual period.
Small blood clots may be passed. In most cases, the bleeding will then stop but there may be spotting until the next menstrual period. If the bleeding soaks 2 or more sanitary towels per hour for 2 hours in a row, then it is necessary to see a general practitioner urgently or if this is not possible to go to an A&E department.
Most women experience on and off cramping for about a week post abortion. If the pain is severe or isn’t controlled by pain medicine, it is important to see a doctor without delay.