Are abortions painful?

Abortions are generally very safe but may cause some pain, cramping, or other side effects. Every woman’s experience is different and the level of pain depends on the type of abortion. Here, we discuss whether abortions hurt and how to manage any discomfort.

What are the different types of abortion?

There are several types of abortion, including medical abortion, vacuum aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and induced labor. The type that a doctor recommends will depend on the duration of the pregnancy. Learn more here.

When do periods start again after an abortion?

Women often experience bleeding right after having an abortion, which may last for 1–2 weeks. However, their first period will usually occur several weeks later and may be lighter or heavier than usual, depending on the type of abortion. Most women’s periods return to normal after two to three cycles. Learn more here.