After the day treatment or abortion pill

The following symptoms are normal in the first days or weeks after the day treatment or abortion pill:

Do you have one or more of the following symptoms, always contact our clinic or your GP.

Bleeding and pain

Up to several days after the treatment, you may suffer from backache, stomach cramps and bleeding, comparable to a normal period. Most bleeding is expected after 4 to 7 days and can last longer than during menstruation.

Bleeding often ends with brownish discharge. You may also pass clots of blood.  Bleeding can disappear for a little while and then reappear; this is different for everyone.
You can take Ibuprofen or Aleve for the pain, combined with paracetamol if necessary. Don’t take aspirin. Always carefully read the package leaflet of painkillers and observe the prescribed amounts.

Hormonal symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms, including nausea and emotional instability, usually disappear within 2 to 14 days. Because pregnancy hormones stay in your body for a while, a pregnancy test may be positive up to three or four weeks after the abortion.

Sore breasts and/or breast engorgement

If your pregnancy was a little more advanced, your breasts can feel tense and sore for a while after the termination. You may also experience engorgement and your breasts may leak milk. 

A supportive, wireless bra will make you feel more comfortable. Do not massage your breasts. Applying cold ice packs to your breasts may also relieve discomfort. Or you can take a painkiller.

Your next period

Usually, you will have your next period within 4 to 6 weeks. At first, your menstruation may be a bit different from your normal cycle. If you are on the pill, bleeding will usually appear after you finished the first strip. Your first menstrual period after the abortion is often quite different from what you are used to. It may be heavier and longer, or lighter and shorter. Your first period after the abortion says nothing about your future periods.