An incomplete abortion is a complication that no one expects going through an abortion, but it’s a real risk of the process.
If you’ve already had an abortion, and have been experiencing any unknown side effects, always seek a medical provider right away. Signs of an incomplete abortion can be as subtle as a fever and as severe as prolonged, heavy bleeding.
What is an Incomplete Abortion?
An incomplete abortion is the partial loss of pregnancy. A woman may have taken the abortion pill or gone through a surgical abortion procedure, where the contents of the pregnancy weren’t expelled or removed entirely.
Incomplete abortions are the most common complication following a medical abortion. They can cause severe side effects and must be treated right away to protect the woman’s health.
Signs of an Incomplete Abortion
Signs of an incomplete abortion include cramping, heavy and prolonged bleeding, fever, lower back pain, and pelvic pain. Contact your health provider immediately and request an examination if you are experiencing any of these.
If left unaddressed, an incomplete abortion can cause a septic abortion or cervical shock, both of which are life-threatening and require emergency medical intervention.
Other Common Risks of Abortion
- Heavy & prolonged bleeding
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
Follow-Up After Abortion
Signs of an incomplete abortion, or any complication, are not ones to let go. To avoid complications or any further complications, always be sure to follow up with your medical provider after an abortion.
Your safety is the top priority and should be protected. If you are considering abortion, confirm your pregnancy to determine what pregnancy options you have and if you are experiencing any pregnancy complications.
Schedule an appointment with us to receive free pregnancy services and support. We can offer more abortion information about your other options if needed. You are not alone!