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after an abortion how long will my following period last for ?


Here is a little bit of information for youo hope this helps you out a bit

Physical Symptoms after an abortion that are cause for concern:

Fever over 100 degrees that doesn't respond to medication - if a fever is present for 48 or more hours, over 100 degrees, call your doctor.

How much bleeding is normal?:
bleeding should be no heavier that a heavy flow period at worst.

small clots are ok, like a quarter or grape size.

bigger clots are a danger sign, like an apricot, orange or bigger

bleeding should stay the same or get lighter it should never get heavier - this is a possible danger sign.

bleeding lasts anywhere from 3 days to 5 weeks after the procedure.

If the amount of bleeding increases, or if the color of the discharge changes back to a bright red, indicating 'new' bleeding, you should call your Dr. for an appt. to be checked. In the meantime, if you have been doing too much activity, or lifting things, return to bedrest, (or couch rest :-), elevate your feet. Stay in bed, let the chores wait, order pizza for dinner, ect. You've had a surgical procedure, and it's important to take good care of yourself physically, and not try to do too much right away.

Cramping and pain worse than normal heavy menstrual period - there will be some painful cramping, and soreness. If the pain is excessive, or doesn't respond to pain medicine, call your doctor.

Discharge of tissue

Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Abdominal swelling and/or tenderness

Continued strong symptoms of pregnancy

Change in bowel or bladder habits, especially lack of bowel movements

Blood in stool or urine

Dizziness, fainting, nausea

There is also a physical complication, called "Postabortal Syndrome" that refers to the blocking of the cervix by either tissue or clots immediately after the procedure, and this can be dangerous, as it does not allow the proper normal evacuation of the uterine comtents, and does not allow the uterus to return to normal size.


It is OK to bleed up to 3 weeks after an abortion.
Some women bleed very little.
Bleeding can start and stop and this is OK as long as it is not extremely heavy bleeding. If you feel tired or weak from bleeding, you can take iron pills to prevent anaemia.
in my opion, If bleeding lasts for more than 2 weeks get it checked out.}