You should work closely with your healthcare provider throughout the process of your abortion. Contact your doctor or go to the emergency room if any of the following occur afterwards:
Severe bleeding; soaking more than 2 maxi pads in 2 hours.
Severe abdominal or back pain.
Feeling dizzy or faint
Nausea & vomiting
Fever that lasts more than 24 hours.
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
Extreme emotions or psychological distress
Abortion recovery times vary from person to person. If someone has a first-trimester abortion with no side effects, they will likely recover in a few days. Recovery may take longer for late-term abortions. If complications develop, recovery can take several weeks. During your recovery period you should: Wear a pad not a tampon
Take the antibiotic medication provided as directed
Abstain from sexual activity
Don’t engage in vigorous exercise
Allow your body to rest regardless of how you feel
Ask for help if you struggle with negative emotions
Post - Abortion Trauma is the negative psychological & emotional side effect that sometimes occurs after an abortion. The majority of women will have some type of negative emotion attached to their decision to end a pregnancy. Many experience feelings like grief, regret and shame. Many more will experience unexplained anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. There are more than 40 negative symptoms that are common among post-abortive women (and even men).
We want you to know that you are not alone in your feelings. Our center has trained advocates who have been where you are and who want to support you. We can help you navigate your feelings and set you on the road to healing. Contact us for a confidential one-on-one appointment or for more resources.
Common Emotions After Abortion
Guilt & Regret
Depression & Anxiety
Bouts of Uncontrollable Crying
Anger & Rage
Suicidal Thoughts & Self-Harm
Flashbacks & Nightmares
Fears of Lost Fertility/ Replacement Child
Poor Bonding with Current and Future Children
Feeling as Though You Cannot Forgive Yourself
While this list is comprehensive, it it not complete, if you are experiencing symptoms and need help, reach out today.