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What causes prolonged bleeding after abortion?

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I've been bleeding for 4months since my abortion and depo shot is this normal? I had an abortion march 7th 2014 at 11wks and after the procedure about 15-20mins later I got the depo provera shot. I been bleeding everyday since, making it 4months of bleeding heavy and light .. Dark and bright red... Also the depo has been off since July 7th I been having unprotected sex with my partner and still bleeding but I feel pregnant. I'm very concerned. Can u get pregnant again and also is the bleeding normal from the abortion or depo ?
Posted Sat, 2 Aug 2014 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Shanti Vennam 1 hour later
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Detailed Answer:

Thanks for writing to us.

After an abortion or a delivery, it is common to bleed for one or two weeks. To bleed for four months is definitely abnormal.

After a depo shot, you may notice abnormal bleeding pattern for some time and this usually subsides in a couple of months. Persistence of bleeding is of concern and needs further evaluation by a specialist.

If you had the abortion medically supervised and the completion verified by a follow up trans-vaginal sonogram, retained products as the cause is not a possibility. In that case, hormonal abnormality is the most likely cause and you need to have a complete hormonal profile and blood profile.

Weight disturbances, stress, infections and the use of certain other medications that may interfere with the action of contraceptives are other likely causes.

Please see a specialist and get properly evaluated to get further management. You may need a course of hormones if it is an imbalance. Infections, if any, also need to be treated. Please maintain genital hygiene. Please have a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.

Hope I have answered your query. Please feel free to contact for further clarifications. I will be happy to help.

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