When My Periods Start After Abortion?

Medical and surgical abortion are common, it is a low risk procedure that end pregnancy. Abortion can affect your periods cycle.
How abortion impact your menstrual cycle. It depends on many factors such as which type of abortion and what type of periods you have before abortion.
In this article we will discuss “When will I get my period after an abortion?”.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that secured a person’s constitutional right to an abortion.

This means that individual states are now able to decide their own abortion laws. As a result, many states will ban or severely restrict abortion access.

The information in this article was accurate and up to date at the time of publication, but the facts may have changed since. Anyone looking to learn more about their legal rights can message the Repro Legal Helpline via a secure online form or call 844-868-2812.

How does abortion affect Periods?

Your first periods usually start between 4-8 week after your successful abortion. Abortion empties the uterus and restart the menstrual cycle.
Menstrual cycle also depend on type of abortion- medical abortion, surgical abortion.

Medical Abortion:

Medical Abortion is a safe method to end your pregnancy. In medical abortion you should take two pills. The first pill (mifepristone) breakdown lining of uterus and the second pill (misoprostol) release contents from your uterus. Medical Abortion available in first 11 week of pregnancy.

The Medical Abortion Process:

  1. First Pill: The first pill in medical abortion is taken to break down the lining of the uterus and prevent the pregnancy to continue. Some individuals feel bleeding after taken this pill. First pill should be taken in healthcare clinic or hospital.
  2. Second Pill: Usually second pill taken after leaving the hospital or clinic, according to the package directions. The second pill release contents from your uterus. You may start bleed 2-4 hours after taking 2nd pill.
  3. Bleeding and Passing the Pregnancy: The bleeding may become intense as you pass the pregnancy. This usually occurs after 4-6 hour of taking the second pill. It is normal to experience a heavier flow and possibly pass clots during this process. After some hours the flow should be decrease slowly the bleeding flow like a period but this bleeding called Post Abortion Bleeding.

Knowing When to Seek Emergency Medical Treatment:

Medical Abortion is generally safe, also it is important to know sign that indicates a serious problem. If you experience any of the following you should consult a doctor or in your clinic:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Heavy pain
  • Fever
  • Unusual Discharge

Side effect of medical abortion:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Back pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Allergic reaction

Surgical Abortion:

After a surgical abortion it is common to have bleeding immediately after abortion. Some time bleeding may start after few days. The bleeding may be continue your first period or may be stop. Surgical abortion take place after 10 week of pregnancy. There are two type of surgical abortion – Vacuum aspirationdilation and evacuation.

  • Vacuum aspiration: It is a most common surgical abortion. In vacuum aspiration remove the pregnancy using suction. Doctors usually use vacuum aspiration up to 12–16 weeks after last period. In vacuum aspiration insert a thin tube through cervix into the uterus. Then vacuum is used to remove the pregnancy tissue.
  • Dilation and Evacuation: After 16 week Dilation and Evacuation is recommended for abortion when the pregnancy is more advanced.

Surgical abortion also cause post abortion bleeding which is similar as periods. Bleeding after surgical abortion occur 1-2 weeks, some time it continues your period.

Here is a list of potential side effects of a surgical abortion:

  • Pain and cramping
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Infection

Does it cause irregular periods?

Abortion may effect your period, periods may be irregular after abortion. If you have irregular periods before abortion, you may experience irregular periods after abortion.
After abortion you may suffer with emotional stress which can effect your menstrual cycle. If you have irregular period after abortion you may consult to a doctor.

First Period After An Abortion

Abortion restart your menstrual cycle. Your period should return within 4-6 weeks after abortion. The first period may be lighter than previous periods. Use a pad on your first period after abortion to monitor the amount of blood you lose.
This period can also be heavier as the body may have additional tissue to expel after the procedure.

When start birth control after abortion?

You can start using birth control straight after abortion – including pill, condom, and intrauterine device (IUD).
If you want use IUD you can ask doctor to fit it at the time of abortion. IUD are effective method of birth control. Copper IUD can’t effect your mood but you may suffer high blood during pregnancy. In hormonal IUD periods are lighter but it’s effect your mood.
Pill make your periods lighter and it reduce the number of days of your menstrual cycle. Condom is hormonal free method that’s not require any surgery.

Many healthcare professionals recommend that you wait until post-abortion bleeding stops — usually about 2 weeks — to have vaginal sex after a medical or surgical abortion.

When to consult a doctor?

f you experience any of the following after an abortion, it is important to seek medical attention:

  • Heavy Bleeding: If you soak two or more pads per hour for more than two hours in a row, it indicate excess bleeding.
  • Large Blood Clot: If you pass a blood clot larger than a lemon can be a cause for concern.
  • Severe Pain: If you experience severe pain in your belly or back, it is important to seek medical.
  • Fever: If you have a fever over 100.4°F (38°C), it may indicate an infection or other complication.
  • Yellow or Green Discharge: Vaginal discharge that is yellow or green in color may also be a sign of infection.
  • Foul-smelling Discharge: If you notice a foul odor vaginal discharge, it could indicate an infection

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