How will I feel after my abortion?
Each person is different. It’s possible to have some bleeding and cramping after your abortion, so plan on resting in a comfortable place afterwards.
By the next day, most people are back to their regular activities. Sometimes recovery after a D&E can take a little longer. Pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) works well and putting a heating pad or hot water bottle on your belly will help. If you’re still not feeling well after a couple of days, please give us a call.
The predominant feeling most women report after an abortion is relief, but you may feel confusion, resolve, empowerment, sadness, guilt, happiness, or a combination of mixed feelings. Many people talk about feeling confident about their decision, and also feeling sad about having an abortion at the same time. Honor your own feelings—there is no right way to feel. Allow yourself the same freedom to have feelings as you would after any major life event or big decision.
Even though abortion is very common, it can be hard to talk about, especially because of all the political, religious, and cultural stigma involved. If you want to talk to someone after the abortion, you can call our office and talk to a counselor for free:
Abortion is an extremely common experience—over one-third of American women have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old—and yet many women feel isolated or alone when they have an abortion. The silence around abortion hurts us all. FIND YOUR VOICE and talk to someone you trust. You are not alone.
We have an on-call 24 hour a day service if you have a medical concern. Of course, if you are having a medical emergency, call 911.