What Happens to Your Body After An Abortion

Author: Dian Sonnerstedt Yoga Expert

People believe that abortion does not threaten your fertility or cause any complications related to subsequent pregnancies. However, recent research has said that there are some potential side effects of abortion that you may suffer from.

Your body after an abortion?

Depending on your general health, the symptoms can vary between people. Normal symptoms that most women experience after a surgical abortion can include:

  • Irregular bleeding or spotting for the first 2 weeks
  • Cramping pain caused by uterine contractions for the first 2 weeks. Some women may have cramps for as long as 6 weeks
  • Emotional reactions for 2 to 3 weeks
  • Vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy
  • Infections which may be caused by retained placenta
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Moreover, a surgical abortion can increase the risk of:


When should you call your doctor?

Call your doctor immediately if the following symptoms appear:

  • Severe bleeding. Surgical abortions usually cause bleeding that is different from a normal menstrual period (heavy bleeding for 12 hours in a row)
  • Headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, or a general feeling of illness. Severe infection is possible without fever
  • Sharp pain in the belly after taking pain medicine
  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Vomiting lasts more than 4 to 6 hours
  • Sudden belly swelling or rapid heart rate
  • Vaginal discharge that has increased in amount or smells bad
  • Pain, swelling, or redness in the genital area


How to take care of yourself after abortion?

Carefully check with your doctor’s advice and ask for what you can do for the best recovery. Here is some useful information that you can consider:

  • Ease back into your normal routine 1 to 2 days after the surgery. Attempt to avoid strenuous exercise for 1 week
  • Do not have sexual intercourse for a short time, check with your health care provider for the specific information based on your condition
  • Use birth control methods to prevent infection when you start having intercourse again
  • Do not clean the vagina with fluids (douche). This could lead to pelvic infections

If you’ve had an abortion and are concerned about the possible impact on your health and subsequent pregnancies, check with your doctor. Your doctor can help educate you on the potential risks, as well as work out the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: February 8, 2017 | Last Modified: December 9, 2019

Dian Sonnerstedt Yoga Expert
Dian Sonnerstedt is a yoga practitioner since 2016. Her love of yoga turned her from working as a Marketing executive in huge corporation, to a life as ...
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Dian Sonnerstedt Yoga Expert

Dian Sonnerstedt is a yoga practitioner since 2016. Her love of yoga turned her from working as a Marketing executive in huge corporation, to a life as a full-time yoga instructor. She received her certification from One Song Yoga School in 2014, followed by certifications in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Sunshine Network for Thai Yoga Massage, and Yin Mindful Immersion Yoga in 2015. Dian officially registered in YogaAlliance.org.

Dian teaches various types of Yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Prenatal Yog. She has opened private classes, as well as classes for office, and in studio @Yoga42 Senayan Arcadia. She wants to share her knowledge of Yoga and inspire everyone to love Yoga, as it has had a positive impact not only physically but mentally on the practitioners. In this column, Dian will share all about yoga, why it is good for you and how to practice Yoga for those who have experience, or who had never touched a yoga mat.

Find out more about yoga with Dian Sonnerstedt on her Instagram account @diansonnerstedt (https://www.instagram.com/diansonnerstedt/)

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