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Post abortion: What to expect

Post abortion careRecovery 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.

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These are some unexpected or unusual post abortion symtoms:

  • Lasting pain
  • Offensive vaginal discharge (discoloured/smelly)
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Continuous and heavy bleeding to SOAK two or more pads in an hour for two hours in a row
  • Continuous or heavy bleeding.

Should any of the above post abortion symptoms occur it is imperative to see a doctor urgently or visit A&E.

Emotional feelings following abortion

after an abortion decision, many women report a sense of relief. They are often surprised to find that a pregnancy termination can be a traumatic experience, and that in some cases “post abortion stress” symptoms don’t appear until many years later.

We recognize that not every woman who undergoes a termination of pregnancy will experience symptoms of Post Abortion Stress. However, for those that do, Abortion Advice are here to help. Call us on +353 18117589 or send us a query.