Physical Side Effects After Abortion: What You Can Expect

Physical Side Effects After Abortion: What You Can Expect

The reality is that the physical side effects after a safe abortion differ from woman to woman. Deciding to terminate the pregnancy is not easy, and it’s crucial that you speak to a professional counsellor who can help prepare you for what you can expect after the safe abortion.

For example, you may have one friend who is on the pill and doesn’t suffer any side effects, and another who experiences a range of nasty symptoms! Every woman’s body reacts differently, for many reasons. It’s the same for abortion. Some women recover quickly, while others find it takes longer.

Most common physical side effects after abortion

Below are the most common side effects and could last for two to four weeks after the safe abortion procedure. They’re relatively normal after termination, and unless they become severe, don’t be too concerned.

After a Medical process:

  • Bleeding/ spotting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

After a Medical procedure:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bleeding/ spotting

Pregnancy symptoms may take up to 4 weeks to clear up, depending on your pregnancy stage. Some women will still experience nausea and breast tenderness for a few days after the termination of pregnancy.

When should you visit the doctor?

If you’ve had an abortion and you start to experience any of the following symptoms, you should get to a clinic as soon as possible.

  • Severe abdominal and/or back pain that prevents you from standing up
  • If you suspect you are still pregnant
  • Heavy bleeding with big clots
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • fever

Please know that you’re not alone; there are professional counsellors and social workers who dedicate their lives to helping you emotionally. Whatever questions or worries you may have, he/she is there for you.

Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)



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