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Caring for Yourself After an Abortion

by Alivia Nyhan
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An abortion occurs before 20 weeks of gestation when the fetus is not sufficiently developed and can be spontaneous or voluntary. Many women, after aborting, come to feel some physical effects such as vaginal bleeding, fatigue, nausea, and pain in the belly. In some cases, these discomforts can cause concern, mainly because people consider this expulsion of the fetus as an event that can endanger the woman’s health, especially if there was a surgical intervention and without the assistance of trained doctors.

If you have recently gone through the termination of pregnancy, you may wonder: is it normal to have pain after an abortion? To find out the answer, we invite you to read the following FastlyHealarticle in which we offer you all the information on the subject.

Pain after an abortion: when is it normal?

After the abortion, it is normal to feel some symptoms, the presence and intensity of which largely depend on the week in which it occurred and whether the fetus was expelled naturally or surgically, for example, in a miscarriage before 12 weeks, the woman usually has very mild symptoms that disappear in a few days.

Many women experience abdominal pain, cramps, or cramps, one of the main physical effects after the termination of pregnancy. These pains could be perceived in similar intensity as menstrual colic and last for approximately two days if it was a spontaneous abortion. In a voluntary abortion, there may be pain during the following three weeks.

Although this may cause concern, it is normal to have abdominal pain after an abortion, since in these cases, it is due to the process of the uterus to return to normal, which through contractions returns to its size and expels any rest of embryonic tissue or blood clots so that it can be accompanied by vaginal bleeding.

However, if these pains are extreme, do not decrease with the days or increase in intensity, you should go to the doctor immediately, since they are abnormal situations that could be indicating some alteration, such as remains of the embryonic tissue that were not removed, an infection or organ damage during surgery.


Abnormal symptoms after an abortion

Although there are several physical effects that a woman can suffer after the termination of pregnancy, it is essential to know how to distinguish when these are not normal and are a reflection of complications that can put health and even life at risk if they are not treated in time. . Therefore, it is necessary to pay more attention and go immediately to a medical center if the following abnormal symptoms occur:

  • Chills accompany a high fever, which may or may not.
  • The belly feels swollen, complicated, or tight.
  • Vaginal bleeding lasts longer than the time estimated by the doctor, does not decrease, and is bright red or is in excessive amounts that more than one sanitary pad must be used per hour for two continuous hours.
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge is expelled.
  • Frequent, prolonged, and confused fainting on waking. It could indicate excessive blood loss.
  • Intense, constant, or present nausea or vomiting for more than the estimated time. Frequent vomiting can cause dangerous dehydration if not taken care of properly.

Some care after an abortion

Now that we know that it can be normal to have pain after an abortion and that we must be attentive to any physical effects that could be abnormal, it is necessary to take some care for a better recovery and avoid possible complications, especially in the first weeks when the body is still working to return to its natural pre-pregnancy state. Some tips for women who recently had a pregnancy termination include:

  • Use hot compresses or heat packs to relieve belly pain.
  • Perform a uterine massage to reduce pain. To do this, you have to put your hand on the abdomen, and with the surface of the palm, press the area between the navel and the pubic bone making circular movements. This massage can stimulate the contraction of the uterus and improve circulation, so it is expected that the pain is more perceived at the beginning, and there is the release of bleeding.
  • Do not self-medicate to relieve pain after abortion, as some drugs may increase vaginal bleeding, such as aspirin.
  • Avoid completely submerging yourself in swimming pools, hot tubs, or bathtubs for the week following the abortion since you are exposed to suffering from infections.
  • Use sanitary pads if there is vaginal bleeding for at least the first week after the abortion. Preferably, do not use tampons until the subsequent menstrual bleeding due to the risks of infection.
  • Do not have sexual intercourse or oral sex for at least two weeks after the termination of pregnancy. Ovulation can be restored in weeks, so birth control is recommended if pregnancy is not desired.
  • Do not practice vigorous exercise or lift cumbersome things because it could cause bleeding.

In the following FastlyHealarticle, we show more care in the case of induced abortion.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.

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