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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
close this folderChapter 22: Abnormal Bleeding from the Vagina
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View the documentBleeding during pregnancy or after childbirth
View the documentBleeding after an abortion or miscarriage
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View the documentBleeding after menopause

Bleeding after an abortion or miscarriage

Bleeding problem

May be caused by

What to do

Heavy bleeding, or bleeding that lasts longer than 15 days, or bleeding with pain or fever

pieces of the pregnancy may still be in the womb


infection in the womb

Go to a hospital or clinic right away.

Bleeding like a normal monthly bleeding, but lasting 5 to 15 days, getting lighter and lighter

this is normal


See ‘what to expect after an abortion’.