Abortion recovery isn’t something that is always openly talked about. Still, the need for information is real. How long does it take to recover physically? What about the emotional recovery? What is that like?
Sorting through all the available information can be a challenge, especially if you have recently found out you are pregnant and are trying to decide which path is best for you. If you are considering abortion as an option, it’s best to be prepared for what you will go through from beginning to end, and afterward.
While recovering in the first few days, experts advise drinking a lot of fluids, resting, taking vitamins and prescribed antibiotics, eating healthily, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding aerobic exercise for two weeks. Also, don’t lift anything over 15 pounds, and don’t have sex or use tampons or anything else vaginally for two to four weeks.
One of the most obvious effects following an abortion is bleeding, which lasts for one to two weeks, often includes blood clots, and can include cramping or bloating. If bleeding soaks two or more sanitary pads per hour, contact your doctor immediately.
After an abortion, your body will be working to get back to normal, and that happens faster than you might expect. Ovulation is likely to happen within two to three weeks following the abortion procedure. This means you cannot delay in deciding upon, obtaining, and beginning use of birth control.
You should expect your first menstrual cycle to take place in four to eight weeks after an abortion procedure and it’s possible for it to be somewhat abnormal initially.
Emotional recovery from an abortion looks different for everyone. Some women will feel relief, while others report feeling regret or experiencing depression.
These mixed emotions are common, and you are not alone. The medical professionals at Mt. Sinai in New York say, “It is normal to feel sad or depressed after this procedure. Seek help from your health care provider or a counselor if these feelings do not go away. A family member or friend can also provide comfort.”
It’s not uncommon for women to say that the procedure affected them more than they expected. Those who have been coerced, forced, or persuaded to get an abortion may struggle more than those who freely make their decision. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Ask For Help Before Deciding on Abortion
When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, it’s important to find a trusted person to walk alongside you, answer your questions, and listen as you evaluate your options based on your individual circumstances.
At Avail NYC, our client advocates will help you whether you are still deciding your path, or need emotional support after having an abortion. We are here to provide the services, space, and support you need. Contact Avail NYC or make an appointment.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.