How long do you bleed after taking the abortion pill
Find out about our counselling services. You may do regular activities around the house after placing the misoprostol. Heavy bleeding and strong cramps usually last between one and four hours.
Bleeding usually starts within four hours of using the pills, but it sometimes starts later.
For some women, the bleeding and cramping and also other side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and hot flashes or fever may occur shortly after taking Misoprostol. Bleeding is often the first sign that the abortion has begun. If the abortion continues, bleeding and cramps become more severe. Bleeding is often heavier than a normal menstruation, and there can be clots.Medication Abortion
The longer the pregnancy has developed, the heavier the cramps and the bleeding will be. If the abortion is complete, the bleeding and the cramps diminish.
Then you can use tampons or menstrual cups if you want to. Abortion starts a new menstrual cycle, so your period should go back to normal weeks after your abortion. You can start a new birth control method immediately after having a medication abortion.
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The abortion may take place within four to five hours and is usually completed within one to two days. Very occasionally, it can take up to two weeks to pass the pregnancy. Once the pregnancy has been passed, your bleeding will usually lessen and become like a slightly heavier period. It may continue to be quite heavy for a day or two as the uterus needs to contract and return to its normal size. We'll give you a pregnancy test to take home with you to confirm that the pregnancy has passed.
We ask that you wait for 3 weeks after your abortion before taking the pregnancy test. This is because some pregnancy hormones can be present for up to 3 weeks following abortion, which can give a false-positive result.
If the pregnancy test is positive, please call our aftercare line. Our advisors can help you to book an appointment for another ultrasound, and further treatment if needed.
Following an abortion, it's completely normal to experience a range of feelings such as relief, guilt, regret and sadness. For most women, these feelings fade after a few weeks or months.
The abortion process
We recommend that you have someone with you after your abortion to talk to. We offer free, confidential counselling for all women who've had abortion treatment at Marie Stopes, for as many sessions as needed. Find out about our counselling services. Alternatively, you should go to A and E or see your GP urgently. Please also read our section on tips to a speedy recovery after an abortion.
This will give you the number of days that you are pregnant. Today you are pregnant … days … weeks and … days. A medical abortion works best if the medicines are taken as early as possible in pregnancy and are most effective up to 70 days 10 weeks of pregnancy.
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