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Will having an abortion hurt?

The level of pain varies from person to person. Both medical and surgical abortions cause some amount of cramping. These cramps can feel like light to heavy menstrual cramps, like when you get your period. Women who have had an abortion report cramps that last from five minutes to a half-hour. It is normal to experience some bleeding during and after either a medical or surgical abortion. You can use pads that are for periods. Most women find that an over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to help with their pain, and they are physically capable of returning to work or school after a surgical abortion.

The clinic you choose will talk with you more about how you may feel physically and emotionally before, during and after the abortion. It is important to remember that each person has a unique experience of pain, so be sure to share any concerns you have with your health care provider.

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