If you have had an abortion, whether recently or some time ago, it’s likely you hoped that once it was over, that would be the end of it. Perhaps it was, but perhaps not. What to expect after an abortion may be a question you are still asking.
Whether you’re experiencing physical effects soon after the abortion, or longer-term effects after an abortion that happened some time ago, we hope we can be helpful to you in getting through it.
Serving DuPage County, Illinois and surrounding communities, Restore After Abortion provides free confidential post-abortion care and support services to all individuals after abortion experiences.
What to expect after an abortion – physically
- You may experience cramping (similar to menstrual cramps, but sometimes more intense).
- You may experience bleeding and/or spotting for 3-6 weeks, sometimes including small clots. A normal period should begin within 4 to 6 weeks.
- Pregnancy symptoms should subside within one week.
- Pregnancy can occur any time after an abortion.
This information does not replace a consultation with a qualified medical professional. If you have concerns about your physical symptoms, call the clinic where you were treated or visit your own doctor, emergency room, or urgent care.
What to expect after an abortion – other possible after-effects
After an abortion, some women experience emotional, relational, or even spiritual responses that may be troubling. You may feel relief, but you may also feel sadness, anger or isolation. If you have distressing or uncomfortable feelings that do not pass, we hope you will contact us.
Restore helps those for whom the lingering effects of abortion continue to cause pain. Please call today for a consultation. You don’t need to go through this alone.