What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

Did you know that up to 40% of women who have abortions or experience a miscarriage in their second trimester (weeks 13 through 26) have a greater chance of an incomplete abortion?

Incomplete abortion is a risk to any abortion procedure. It requires immediate medical attention and another procedure to remove any remaining tissue from the uterus to prevent any further infection.

Signs of an incomplete abortion may include heavy bleeding or pelvic pain.

What is an Incomplete Abortion?

When parts of a pregnancy remain in the body following an abortion, it’s called an incomplete abortion. When this occurs during a surgical abortion procedure, it is not intentional.

Due to this medical mistake, you have a greater chance of infection following the procedure. This is true for both the abortion pill method and surgical procedures.

Signs of an Incomplete Abortion

Common symptoms of an incomplete abortion include the following:

  • Heavy bleeding or blood clots
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Pelvic pain

Other signs of abortion complications to look out for include the following:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

What Should I Do If I Have Signs?

If you have recently had an abortion and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to see your provider or visit the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Or you may be given another pregnancy test and ultrasound to determine the problem.

Be Informed Today

It’s important to discuss your current health, health history, and currently used medications with your doctor to have a better understanding of all the risks of abortion. If you haven’t already, confirm your pregnancy with free and confidential, lab-quality pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound at our clinic today.

Determine the options available to you. Schedule an appointment to be better informed about abortion and the signs of incomplete abortion. Safeguarding your health is vital.

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