Disclaimer: Abortion laws and medical practices vary according to where you live. Always check the status of abortion in your area.
First up, let’s look at the stats: There are 73 million induced abortions globally every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That means that 61% of unintended pregnancies end in termination, as do 29% of all pregnancies (many of these are terminated for medical reasons).
Shockingly, WHO research shows that 45% of all abortions are unsafe because they’re either performed by someone who isn’t qualified, happening in an environment that doesn’t meet minimal medical standards, or both. Unsafe abortions are a leading but preventable cause of maternal death, or longterm issues like infertility, making access to safe, timely abortion and aftercare crucial.
When it comes to abortion aftercare, lots of women and people who menstruate want to know what to expect after an abortion: from how long you’re likely to bleed to how to manage the pain and when your periods start again. Knowledge is power after all, especially when it comes to our bodies, so we’re here to provide the facts on abortion side effects.
With this in mind, we asked Flo board members Dr. Jenna Flanagan, an OB-GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist), and Lorna Hobbs, a clinical psychologist, to answer the biggest questions around abortion aftercare.