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First period after medical abortion

By Anonymous April 28, 2017 - 4:10pm
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Hi, I had a medical abortion roughly five weeks ago and I am now on my first period since.
I have been bleeding for 8 days straight (before the abortion my periods used to last no longer than 4 days) and the flow is extremely heavy. I am soaking through pads every couple of hours and to the extent where it is leaking and staining clothing. I won't feel any bleeding for an hour or so but then all of a sudden I stand up and I can feel so much blood coming out. My periods have never been particularly heavy which is why I am concerned. At the beginning of the week the blood was quite brown but now it is bright red with clots in it. Should I be concerned about this? Thanks x

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I had abortion on 10th April and had first period on 11may and ended on 17may ... But on 23rd may when i went for bath I saw blood spotting on my panty ....than I put pad .. little bleeding is occurring and heaviness in stomach also ... Is it safe

May 24, 2018 - 2:42am
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I can give you some general information, but you should speak to your doctor as well. Did you have a medical or surgical abortion? If you had a surgical abortion, it's likely your first period (after abortion) would be lighter and not long lasting.  After a surgical abortion, if your first period is heavier and much longer in duration, call your doctor. If you have undergone a medical abortion (abortion induced after taking medicine), you should expect a more substantial and extended period in your first cycle. 


May 24, 2018 - 3:53pm

Hi, Anon.

Thank you for reaching out to us.

If you had a medical abortion, (meaning it was induced by medication), you may have a heavier period than normal in the first cycle after terminating a pregnancy. Were you given information about aftercare and what to expect? Even so, it's best to contact your medical provider with any concerns.


April 29, 2017 - 4:28am
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