Undergoing an abortion can be an emotionally and physically challenging experience for any woman. It’s important to understand that some bleeding and cramping is normal after an abortion.
However, if you’re experiencing excessive bleeding, it’s essential to know what steps to take to ensure your well-being. In this article, we will discuss what to do if you’re bleeding after an abortion.
1. Understand what is normal
After an abortion, it’s common to experience bleeding and cramping. The bleeding and clotting may last for several days and spotting for a week or two, similar to menstrual cramps. These symptoms are generally expected and are part of the body’s natural healing process. However, if the bleeding is exceptionally heavy, soaking more than 1 pad, or if you pass large blood clots, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately, if a woman is experiencing complications after having had an abortion, she needs to be directed to go to the ER. Keeping the abortion provider informed is secondary.
3. Proper rest is crucial
Getting proper rest is crucial during the recovery period after an abortion. Avoid strenuous physical activities, such as heavy lifting or intense exercise, which can increase bleeding.
4. Monitor your bleeding
Keep track of the amount of bleeding by noting the number of sanitary pads you use and how quickly you go through them. If you find that you’re going through more than one pad per hour for several hours or passing large blood clots, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Excessive bleeding could be a sign of complications, such as an incomplete abortion and/or infection.
5. Watch for signs of infection
Infections can occur after an abortion. Watch for symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, fever, foul-smelling discharge, or prolonged bleeding. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, as infections need to be treated promptly to avoid further complications.
7. Emotional support
An abortion can have a significant emotional impact, and it’s essential to seek support if needed. We here at Women’s Resource Medical Center have post-abortion counseling and care to help you navigate the emotions and feelings you may encounter after an abortion. Even if your abortion was many years ago, it can be helpful to work through the complicated recovery process with someone who has experienced a similar trauma.
Remember, your well-being is paramount, and seeking medical attention when necessary is crucial for a safe and healthy recovery. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your post-abortion recovery.