Periods after abortion
Some women have depression after aboertion and sometimes, they are just anxious about certain things. For instance, post-abortion, there is generally an anxiety about the first period. In most cases, it is nothing serious and menstruation returns to normal within four to six weeks from the date of abortion, says Dr Patvekar. But there has to be a good interplay of hormones by the endocrine system. The first menstrual cycle after abortion maybe heavy with pain, but eventually things settle down by the next cycle. When it comes to women undergoing medical abortion, which is an alternative to surgical abortion, ovulation returns to normal relatively early. And so, women must use an effective contraceptive option.
In a majority of women, the flow and frequency are unaltered after an abortion. But women having plycystic ovary syndrome ,obesity, thyroid disorders or diabetes mellitus, menstrual cycles may come after a longer interval, and maybe at times with a heavy flow. You should be concerned if post-abortion periods
are very heavy and prolonged, accompanied with or without pelvic pain and fever, says the expert. This definitely calls for a gynecologists’ consultation.
Don’t get confused between your period and post-abortion bleeding. There are times when bleeding happens after a medical abortion. It is associated with the presence of products of pregnancy and is heavy. You will also feel pain in the lower abdomen, but it settles down within seven days, says Dr Patvekar. In
cases of a surgical method of abortion, bleeding is minimal and lasts for one or two days and has nothing to do with pain.