Getting back to normal after an abortion can take some time, but the process is different for everyone. Most women should feel physically back to normal within a couple of weeks, but the effects of abortion on your emotions and relationships can sometimes last longer. Here are some tips to help you to recover as quickly and completely as possible after an abortion.
The best thing you can do to help your body to recover after an abortion is to take care of your health and give yourself as much time as you need to get back to normal.
- Don’t push yourself too hard, especially during the first few days. You should be able to do your usual activities in about two weeks, but listen to your body and avoid doing anything that hurts.
- Make sure that you have someone to drive you home and stay with you on the day of the abortion so that you can focus on resting.
- Prepare a comfortable space to relax in, with plenty of cushions, distractions like a book or box set, a hot water bottle or whatever else helps you to feel better. You should also make sure that you have sanitary pads at home.
- Take some time off work so that you can rest as much as possible for at least a few days after the abortion.
- Make sure that you are eating well so that your body can heal itself.
- Take ibuprofen if you are in pain.
- Be aware of potential complications such as infection and contact your doctor if you’re worried.
Getting back to your normal sex life can be an important part of recovering from an abortion. As with your physical recovery, it is important not to rush this. Some women will be ready within a couple of weeks, but others may need longer.
- Don’t have sex until the bleeding has stopped and there is no discomfort.
- Wait until you feel emotionally ready to have sex again. If you’re feeling anxious, unhappy or distant from your partner then it may be better to wait. Talk to your partner if you’re worried about anything.
- Remember to use contraception as your fertility will return to normal right after an abortion.
Your emotions are just as important as your physical health, so take some time to process your feelings if you need it.
- Talk to someone about your feelings, whether it is your partner, a friend, or in an anonymous group online. It can also help to write about your emotions, even if you don’t want to share it with anybody.
- Remember why you made this decision. You have considered it carefully and chose it because it was the best option for you.
- Take some time to pamper yourself with a long bath, relaxing night in, or your favourite food.
- Don’t feel obliged to think about the abortion, if you don’t want to. Go for a walk, watch a film, or do something interesting to get back into your usual routine.
- Ask for help if you’re struggling. Your GP, a therapist, or a support group can help you to process your emotions.