Date: January 28, 2024
After taking the abortion pill, how you feel can vary from person to person. On the day you take misoprostol, it's advisable to plan on resting in a comfortable place. It's normal to feel tired for 1 or 2 days afterward, but you should generally be back to normal soon.
You can resume work, school, driving, and most other normal activities the next day if you feel up to it. However, it's recommended to avoid strenuous work or heavy exercise for several days. While you should start feeling better as the days go by, it's crucial to contact your doctor or health center if you still feel unwell.
As the abortion process completes, cramping and bleeding should gradually lighten up over hours and days. It's common to experience tender breasts, which may leak a milky discharge; this typically stops within a couple of days. Wearing a snug-fitting bra can help enhance your comfort.
Any chills, fevers, or nausea should subside fairly quickly. If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol, it's important to contact your doctor or health center promptly, as it could be a sign of infection.
Your healthcare provider will provide written after-care instructions along with a phone number for any questions about abortion pill side effects or other concerns. It's crucial to follow all of your doctor's directions during and after the abortion.
To confirm the success of the abortion, your provider will guide you on using a special pregnancy test. Additionally, you may have a follow-up visit or phone call with your nurse or doctor to ensure the abortion is complete and that you're in good health.
Emotionally, people can experience a range of feelings after an abortion. Studies indicate that while most individuals feel relief, some may feel sadness or regret. It's normal to have a mix of emotions, and if your mood hinders your daily activities, contacting your doctor or nurse for help is recommended. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental emotional support is also available from All-Options or Exhale after an abortion, regardless of your feelings. For spiritual support before, during, or after an abortion, consider exploring Abortions Welcome.
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After taking the abortion pill, it's common to experience bleeding and spotting on and off for several weeks. You have the flexibility to use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup—whatever feels most comfortable for you. However, your nurse or doctor may recommend using pads during the abortion to help track the amount of bleeding.
Abortion initiates a new menstrual cycle, and your period should generally return to normal within 4-8 weeks after the procedure. The timing of your next period may also be influenced by your birth control situation.
If you are not using hormonal birth control, you can typically expect your period to return within 8 weeks after the abortion. If you're not on hormonal birth control and haven't experienced your period 8 weeks after the abortion, it's advisable to contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
It's important to note that you can become pregnant quite quickly after an abortion, even if your periods haven't returned to normal. If you wish to avoid pregnancy, it's recommended to discuss birth control options with your nurse or doctor.
For personalized advice and guidance on your specific situation, consulting with healthcare professionals is crucial.
You can resume sexual activity as soon as you feel comfortable and ready after a medication abortion.
You can initiate a new birth control method immediately after a medication abortion. It's advisable to start discussing birth control options with your nurse or doctor as soon as possible, considering the potential for a quick return to fertility after the abortion.
Regarding breastfeeding after taking the abortion pill, while the medications can occasionally pass into breast milk, the amounts are typically small and are not expected to significantly impact the baby. It's recommended to consult with your nurse or doctor if you're breastfeeding, as they can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation and help you determine what's best for both you and your baby.