You know your body best, take the time you need to recuperate. Most people are able to return to their regular routines 24 hours after their abortion. During this time, you may continue to experience some symptoms associated with the procedure as well as the pregnancy. Here are some things to be aware after your abortion:
Pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, breast changes and fatigue should go away within a few days, but may take longer.
Period-like cramps may last up to a week after your abortion, this is normal. To decrease discomfort you may take anything you normally use for pain relief. You may also use a hot water bottle or heating pad.
Bleeding is normal after an abortion. Some people experience no bleeding and others can have bleeding that is like a heavy period. The bleeding may last a few days or longer. It is normal for the bleeding to stop and start again, and for you to pass blood clots.
Your next period should come within four to six weeks. This period may be different from periods you have had in the past.
Post Abortion Check-up
Even if you are feeling well it is important to have a check-up by a doctor 2 – 6 weeks after your abortion. You can make an appointment with:
- Your family doctor
- The clinic where you had your abortion*
- Region of Waterloo Public Health Sexual Health Clinic – 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo – 519-883-2267**
- Region of Waterloo Public Health Sexual Health Clinic – 150 Main St., Cambridge – 519-883-2267**
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Community Health Department – 1-800-265-7293***
*Please inquire with the clinic where you had your procedure to see if this is a service they offer.
**The Waterloo and Cambridge locations use the same telephone number for booking.
***You can book services in Guelph, Fergus, Mount Forest, Orangeville, Shelburne, or Palmerston.
In Case of Emergency
Go to the nearest hospital’s EMERGENCY department if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Fever— if your temperature is greater than 38 degrees Celsius, and lasts longer than 24 hours
- Vaginal discharge that smells bad
- Severe, persistent pain or extreme tenderness and cramps in your abdomen
- Heavy bleeding and clotting, enough to soak through two maxi pads in one hour for two consecutive hours or if you bleed more than a normal period for more than a few days
There is no right or wrong way to feel following your abortion. Take all the time you need after your procedure. Try not to push your feelings aside, let yourself feel whatever you feel. The range of emotional responses may include feelings of grief, sadness, anger, happiness, resolve and relief. There is no evidence to suggest that abortion has any significant impact on persistent and serious mental health issues.
If you would like to talk to someone about how you are feeling, please call the SHORE Centre at 519-743-9360 to speak with a member of our Pregnancy Options Support Team.
You can also call Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247 any time if you are in a crisis situation and need assistance.
To read more about the facts about abortion, click here.