What do women who have medication abortions physically experience?

The amount and length of bleeding after a medication abortion is different for each woman and depends on both the method used and the length of the pregnancy. Many women describe the experience as a heavy, crampy, long period and many women compare the process to a spontaneous miscarriage. Bleeding and cramping are normal and expected as part of the abortion process. The average bleeding time differs by method but can range from one to four weeks after initiating the abortion. In addition, many women report passing "clumps" and some report passing gray or tan tissue (the products of conception). This tissue is usually less than one and a half inches in length.


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Last updated: September 2009