When I Had An Abortion, This Is What I Learnt About Taking Care Of Myself

Posted: June 8, 2017

Abortions are undergone on an average by 1 woman out of 3. Here are some precautions you need to take in case of an abortion.

An abortion or termination of pregnancy – sometimes it is her wish and sometimes it’s against her consent. Sometimes it is done for some ambitions, or a contraceptive failure, if it is a pregnancy against her wishes, but sometimes it’s forced on her in the desire for a baby boy. Sometimes it’s because of medical problems, and sometimes it’s needed as the couple don’t want more children.

There is also a lot of chaos over legalising or banning abortion, but is not what I am going to discuss here. My concern is the woman’s health.

Whatever be your reason. Whatever be your method. Make sure that the termination of your pregnancy should be by safe methods that suit your body, and by experienced hands.

My experience says that an abortion needs equal care as in delivering a baby. A woman’s body needs similar kinds of safety measures and after care as during delivery. Anything done wrong, and it will lead you to pain for a lifetime. We should consider the aftermath of an abortion or miscarriage. If proper care is not taken, it may lead to backache, swelling in lower abdomen and some infections in uterus and vagina.

What you need to keep in mind in case of an abortion

Choose your doctor very carefully. Not all have the luxury of this, though it is a critical point.

Do it legally.

Choose the method that best suited for your body. Consult your doc in detail about this – medical termination, or surgical as in a D&C.

Have some tea or coffee (or similar liquids) after an abortion.

Take all possible care and the precautions that are routinely taken after a delivery.

Take complete rest for a few days. Your body needs it after an abortion. If you are a working woman take leave for at least a week, and if you are a homemaker call someone elder from your family for your help. If circumstances mean that you aren’t getting help, then be a little selfish, be adamant about it. It is OK to let your family cope for some time on their own. Thinking about your own health is not a crime.

Regular vagina cleaning and hot bath is essential for proper hygiene care.

Do light exercises daily.

Try to keep yourself happy as sometimes it may drag you to depression – especially if the abortion is against your wish. Also sometimes your body may not take this change positively.

Last but not the least – husbands, your lady needs you more than anything else at this phase of life!

So ladies next time you think of an abortion, please be careful and take care of yourself.

P.S. I am not a doctor, but this is written from my personal experiences. A discussion with my gynaecologist during this process (but I still did some mistakes and gained pain in return) and experiences from society pursued me to discuss it with you. Hope this information help you in decision making.

Published here earlier.

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