After Abortion Care
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Many women have concerns regarding their physical and emotional health following an abortion. It is important to understand what symptoms to expect and how to take care of yourself to help alleviate the physical and emotional impacts of an abortion.
Call your doctor if you are concerned about any symptoms you are having.
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms after an abortion:
Most women experience some of the following after an abortion:
These symptoms typically resolve within a week, sometimes longer. If symptoms persist or become severe, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.
Research suggests that women who have had abortions may be at increased risk for mental health problems. 2 Some women who have experienced an abortion report symptoms similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 3 Some of those symptoms may include:
Contact us for a referral to a licensed counselor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is important for your health that you not ignore any negative feelings you may have. The National Hotline for Abortion Recovery is also available to assist you via phone: 866-482-5433 or online: www.nationalhelpline.org.
For information about additional long-term health impacts of abortion, see Abortion Risks and Side Effects.
If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill and are experiencing doubts about your abortion, please contact us immediately at (585) 633-8883. See Abortion Reversal for more information.
1 Davis A, Westhoff C, De Nonno L (2000). Bleeding patterns after early abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol or manual vacuum aspiration. J Am Med Womens Assoc 55(3 Suppl):141-4; Harwood B, Meckstroth KR, Mishell Dr, Jain JK (2001). Serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin levels and endometrial thickness after medical abortion. Contraception 63(4):255-6.
2 Fergusson DM, Horwood LJ, Ridder E (2006). Abortion in young women and subsequent mental health. J Child Psychol Psyc 47(1):16-24.
3 Coyle CT, Coleman PK, Rue VM (2010). Inadequate preabortion counseling and decision conflict as predictors of subsequent relationship difficulties and psychological stress in men and women. Traumatology 16(1):16-30.