If you got an abortion, you might want to keep off your feet for a while. The procedure is mostly safe if done by a professional, but that doesn’t mean you should be up and about immediately after. There’s a lot of care that needs to be taken after the procedure, to make sure you recover properly.
Your first concern should be the risk of bleeding.
Many women experience bleeding after the procedure. Light to heavy spotting is a general concern. Some also experience blood clots, though these are small. If it’s large and lasts more than two hours, that is not normal and is a major complication.
Consistent bleeding for twelve hours or more is also an indication of complications. This is particularly the case if the blood is bright red or if it’s accompanied by stabbing pain.
Sex after the procedure can be a challenge. There are two different methods, and both of them make it ill-advised to have vaginal intercourse for a two week period afterwards.
If you feel any sharp pain during intercourse, call the local clinic. It might not be an emergency, but consider scheduling a follow-up just in case.
Side effects of the procedure are also not unexpected. Every medical procedure with that same degree of invasiveness will have them.
Light vaginal bleeding is common, as noted earlier.
Some women experience sore breasts after an abortion. In many cases, using a tighter bra is advisable to keep the tenderness from being a problem.
Abdominal cramps and fatigue tend to go hand in hand, as well. These often fade after the recovery period, as the body regains its full strength.
Finally, many women exhibit nausea and vomiting after an abortion. This is fairly typical, and the intensity of the problem fades as time passes. By the end of the two week period, they should be gone completely.
There is also the risk of infection to be considered.
An incomplete abortion can cause the vagina to be exposed to bacteria. Having sex too soon can also cause this risk. To minimise the risks, you’ll need to wait until the recovery period has passed and all other side effects have faded. You’ll also need to use tampons instead of pads.
Symptoms that you have an infection can vary. Vaginal discharge is common, along with fever. Some women report having severe pelvic pain when infected.
You might also experience an incomplete abortion. In this case, the fetus is still viable and not fully evacuated, leading to severe medical complications down the line. Uterine perforation is also a problem, usually accompanied by bleeding, fever, and severe abdominal pain.
Once the initial recovery period has passed, you will want to address any lingering side effects. For example, abdominal cramps and fatigue might be referred to a massage therapist or medical professional for assistance. Hydrotherapy could be an excellent way to ease someone back into physical activity.
Improper care after an abortion can be a serious health risk. Make sure to listen to your doctor and keep the precautions in mind as you recover.
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