Let’s talk about abortion, its effects, and how you can take care of yourself after. For most, the term abortion connotes a negative impression. But if we are going to look at its real definition, abortion is the termination of pregnancy by removing the fetus or embryo. There are multiple reasons why women get an abortion. One of these is health complications. However, this post will not dwell on the reasons, but instead, let’s talk about the side effects and how you should take care of yourself.
What are the side effects of abortion
The side effects differ from one woman to another. But some of the common physical side effects are as follows:
- Abdominal pains
The above side effects are usually considered normal. However, there are more serious ones that need further medical attention. Please see the list below:
- Damaged to your other organs
- Heavy bleeding
- Uterine lining scars
- Damaged cervix
These rarely occur but it is always good that you are informed on what might happen so you can thoroughly prepare.
Let us not forget the emotional side effects of abortion. It is important that you talk to a professional if you feel extreme emotions towards what you’ve been through. Others reported that they felt anger, regret, shame, guilt, loss of self-confidence, loss of appetite, depression, and there are people who experience suicidal thoughts. Of course, this can essentially affect your personal relationships as well.
How to Take Care of Yourself After an Abortion
Obviously, proper care is vital after abortion. But what are these? The list below can help you.
Have someone accompany you
After your procedure, it is important that you ask someone to drive you home. Avoid driving on your own because you might feel sick on the road and that makes controlling your car even more challenging. Call a cab or ask a family or friend to be with you.
Avoid doing intense physical activities
It is also recommended that you avoid stressful physical activities. Your body needs to rest and you have to give it time to heal. If you plan to go back to the gym, always get your doctor’s approval first. That way, you can avoid further complications.
Avoid using tampons
You are more prone to infection after abortion. Once you get your period, make sure to use sanitary napkins instead of tampons. In addition, please avoid having penetrative sex or avoid putting anything in your vagina for a couple of weeks. And lastly, do not use swimming pools during the same period.
Gently massage your stomach
This can help in relieving abdominal pains. You can also apply heat. A back massage is good as well and you will get the same benefit.
When will you recover?
There is no standard period of recovery because this relies on the person. However, for most people, the bleeding stops within six weeks. Also, make it a point to visit your doctor on your scheduled appointment even if you are feeling normal. This is the only way you can ensure that you are free from complications.