Surgical Abortion

Your Journey – What to expect after

What to expect - the days following

Relax and take it easy for the rest of the day after your surgical abortion.

As long as you feel up to it you can return to work, school, driving, and most other activities as early as the next day. Keep physical work and exercise light for a few days. As the days go by you should start to feel better and regain your energy.

It is also very common to feel well after your surgical abortion and not experience any problems.


You may feel tired during the days following your abortion. This is normal. Your hormones are changing as your body returns to its non-pregnant state. These hormone changes may make you feel emotional, nauseous, and have tender breasts. These symptoms should pass within a few days. Taking it easy and wearing a snug-fitting bra may help you feel more comfortable.


It is normal for cramps to continue on and off for a few days following your abortion. These should ease with time.

If you are concerned about your level of cramping or how long it has been going on, you can always call us.


It is normal to bleed and spot for up to 6 weeks after your abortion. Once the pregnancy tissue is removed you can use pads, tampons, a moon cup, or period undies, whichever is most comfortable for you, to manage the bleeding.

If you are concerned about your level of bleeding or how long it has been going on, you can always call us.

How will I feel after?

Everyone feels differently about and through their journey. For some, the experience of having an abortion can be very emotional.

How you process your emotions after an abortion is unique to you. Your feelings and emotions are your own. No one can tell you how you should or shouldn’t feel.

Everyone deals with having an abortion in their own way. There is no right or wrong way of processing how you feel. Whether you want to keep your mind busy, or take time to yourself and pause, you need to do what is right for you. Take a walk, work out, meet with friends, journal - take the time you need.

Talking about your journey with someone you trust in a safe space may help. This may be a partner, friend, family member, or someone else close to you. If you would like additional support, we can put you in touch with a counsellor who specialises in abortion care.

Ready to take the next step in your journey?

Reach out online or call 0800 226 784 to speak to one of our nurses. We are here to support you every step of the way. This is your journey.

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