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Is it normal to have your periods every after one week?

By Anonymous September 20, 2016 - 1:19am
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I had an abortion last month and since then my periods come every after one week

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern about having a period every other week following an abortion just one month ago.

The important thing to understand is knowing the difference between post-abortion bleeding and your first period returning after having an abortion.

After you have an abortion, you may have bleeding anywhere from 2 weeks and up to 6 weeks. Recovery bleeding is usually heavy the first few days and will taper off. If you were farther along, you may have “period like” bleeding for couple of weeks. Then it will begin to taper off around the third week.

Most of the time, women experience their first regular period within 4 to 8 weeks post-abortion. You need to let your doctor know that you are having vaginal bleeding that you think is your period every other week.

Anonymous, is the flow heavy? How long does it last before it stops and starts again?

Your first period after a medication abortion with misoprostol may be very heavy. You may notice blood clots and have worse cramps than before the pregnancy. This only lasts a few cycles and is the body’s natural way of expelling all of the tissue and products of conception.

If you had a surgical abortion, your periods may return and be a lighter flow that prior to the pregnancy. It also may be shorter than normal. If you had a surgical abortion and you have heavy flow or are passing clots and tissue, you need to contact your doctor right away. There may still be products of conception left in the uterus.

I hope this helps, but I really think you need to speak with your physician.

September 20, 2016 - 8:10am
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