Q: WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER AN ABORTION?
Pads should be used for the first few days after your procedure. The rate of bleeding can be observed more easily when pads are used. Tampons can be used once the bleeding has slowed down and you are only spotting.
Your first period after the procedure should occur in 4-6 weeks. If you feel you may be pregnant or your period does not come after 6 weeks, call the center. If you are using hormonal contraception (pills, patch, ring, Depo-Provera, or Nexplanon), your first period can vary depending on the method. Be sure to discuss what to expect with your provider.
You should not have sexual intercourse until you feel ready. This may mean a few days for some people or several weeks for others. This is up to you. You are capable of getting pregnant as soon as 7 days after your abortion, so you should use the birth control method that you discussed with the provider if you do not wish to get pregnant again.
You may resume normal activity immediately. Sometimes, with strenuous activity (like heavy lifting and physical exertion), your bleeding may increase. This doesn’t happen for everyone. If you notice your bleeding increase with strenuous activity, then avoid these activities for two days.
You may bathe in a shower or tub at any time. However, do not douche.
If your breasts were sore before the abortion, the soreness will usually go away within a week. To feel more comfortable, limit any stimulation to the breast until the soreness goes away and wear a tight-fitting bra or sports bra. Some people who have abortions later in pregnancy (after 16 weeks) will sometimes get breast milk after abortion.