What can you expect after an abortion?
It’s good to know what’s normal after an abortion, so you know what to expect and what to look out for.
Most women bleed for one to two weeks afterwards. It’ll feel a bit like having a period and it’s best to use sanitary towels during this time. You may pass some clots, too. Bleeding usually then stops but you might get some spotting until your next period.
You may experience cramping on and off for about a week. You might also have symptoms of nausea, vomiting and tiredness for a few days. You can take paracetemol and ibuprofen to help with this.
Different feelings can come up for people after an abortion, including relief, sadness or guilt. These are all normal things to feel. We’re here to talk at any time and can arrange post-abortion counselling if you need it.
If you have any unusual symptoms or concerns, please get in touch with our aftercare line or talk to your GP.