Abortion Physical Side Effects

The physical side effects after an abortion will vary from woman to woman. It is important to talk with your Ob/Gyn as well as the doctor who preformed your abortion about possible side effects. Your period should return about 4-6 weeks after the abortion and you can get pregnant again soon after the abortion. If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed as this will help prevent infection. Call the Helpline toll-free at 1-866-942-6466 with question about abortion.

After an abortion, you may experience the following side effects for up to two weeks:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Spotting and Bleeding

Call your doctor and seek medical attention immediately if your side effects become severe or if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe abdominal and back pain that prohibits you from standing up
  • Bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • Fever above 100.4 F

“Induced Abortion,” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 2001.

Last updated: 02/2008