Whether you already had an abortion or are thinking of getting one, it’s important to understand one of the major risks: an incomplete abortion. What are the signs of incomplete abortion and how do you know if you are experiencing it? Seek medical attention right away if you have any of the below signs, or are still unsure about certain side effects you’re facing after abortion.
What is an Incomplete Abortion?
An incomplete abortion is one of the many risks of both surgical and medical abortion. It happens after terminating a pregnancy when the contents of the uterus are not completely expelled. There are still small parts of the pregnancy left in the womb.
If you have an incomplete abortion, you are at an increased risk for infection, so it’s vital to seek medical attention right away. Normally the next step is another abortion procedure to remove what’s left of the pregnancy.
Top Signs of Incomplete Abortion
There are painful symptoms of incomplete abortion. It is more common to experience after a medical abortion (the abortion pill) but there is still a chance of incomplete abortion with surgical abortion procedures.
Seek immediate attention from a medical professional if you experience any of these signs of incomplete abortion:
- Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding (saturating more than one pad an hour)
- Lower abdominal and/or pain
- Pain in the back, buttocks, genitalia, and perineum
- Passing blood clots
- A fever
Other Abortion Risks
Abortion is a serious medical procedure that comes with major risks and side effects. Some other risks of abortion could include infection, fever, damage to the cervix, excessive bleeding, and more.