Taking Care of Yourself After an Abortion
Updated: Sep 8, 2022
If you’ve recently had an abortion, we are here for you. We understand the complex emotions surrounding an abortion decision and can provide practical advice on how to take care of yourself after an abortion. Considering an abortion or looking for self-managed abortion information? Make an appointment today for a free consultation and if needed, we can provide additional pregnancy services at no cost to you.
Note: If you’ve recently taken the first dose of the abortion pill and change your mind about your decision, contact Abortion Pill Reversal today. It may be possible to continue a healthy pregnancy.
How to Take Care of Your Physical Health After an Abortion
1. Drink lots of water and replenish your electrolytes. Staying hydrated can keep you out of the hospital.
2. Be sure to finish your antibiotic prescription after an abortion. You should finish the full bottle even if you start to feel better. This can help prevent an infection from starting or returning. We also recommend starting a probiotic after your antibiotic prescription ends to help replenish good bacteria and to prevent you from getting sick.
3. Take care of yourself physically. Eat healthy foods and get lots of rest. Your internal organs need to heal so you also need to avoid lifting heavy objects or anything beyond light exercise.
4. Do not have intercourse, insert a tampon, or any vaginal insertion for a minimum of 2-3 weeks.
5. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding or clotting, have a fever over 100, intense abdominal pain, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, discharge or smells or any other unusual pain, call 911 or your OB-GYN. If you are experiencing more regular symptoms like cramping, bleeding, or nausea/vomiting, please contact your medical provider.
How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After an Abortion
Talk about it. An abortion is a heavy decision. Whether you feel immediate relief or immediate regret or something in between, talk to someone who cares and understands. We provide free after abortion support for anyone who needs a judgment-free space to talk about their decision and how they are feeling.
Know the warning signs of emotional distress. This can include but is not limited to regret, grief, depression, anxiety, or guilt. Some women also experience trauma related to the date of their abortion or the anniversary of what would have been their due date. Every woman feels differently but knowing the symptoms will help you seek care and heal emotionally.
Seek professional help. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else, seek help immediately. The National Hotline for Abortion Recovery is available to assist you via phone: 866-482-5433 or online: www.nationalhelpline.org.
Whether you recently had an abortion or it's been years and you've not yet told a soul, this is our message to you: We see you. We are here for you. You are loved.
Don't wait another day. Freedom, peace, hope and healing are all within your grasp. You don't have to settle for feeling lost or uncertain. You don't have to stay silent about your decision. You can find peace today.