What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion is one of the complications that can arise after an abortion. Below we’ll explain what an incomplete abortion is, why it needs to be treated promptly, and how you can be proactive against this complication. 

What Is An Incomplete Abortion?

Every woman who undergoes an abortion should be aware of the complications and risks of the procedure. Although rare, sometimes the abortion is incomplete; meaning some of the pregnancy tissue is accidentally left inside the uterus. 

Pregnancy tissue left inside after an abortion can cause serious infection and can even be fatal if left untreated.

An incomplete abortion is rare, but it is the most common complication following a medical abortion. 

What Can Happen If An Incomplete Abortion Goes Untreated?

When an incomplete abortion is left untreated, the infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. 

Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease can include: 

  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy vaginal discharge that may have an unpleasant odor
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Pain with urination

If you experience any of these symptoms following an abortion, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

How to Be Proactive Against An Incomplete Abortion

Statistics reveal that an incomplete abortion is more likely to occur after a medical abortion. If you have or have plans in the future to take the abortion pill, here’s how you can help protect your health. 

  1. Only take medication prescribed by a licensed doctor. Medication purchased on the internet may or may not be FDA approved and thus unable to properly terminate a pregnancy. 
  2. Get an ultrasound done before you undergo any kind of abortion. Some pregnancies will implant outside of the uterus. Known as ectopic pregnancies, these kinds of pregnancies do not typically respond to the abortion pill. 
  3. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor after taking the abortion pill. Your doctor will be able to examine you and assess if you’re having any adverse symptoms that need to be treated. 

We’re Here for You

Pregnancy Options is here to support you and your partner during this unexpected time. Dealing with a crisis pregnancy is never easy; but the good news is, you’re not alone. 

Our center offers no and low-cost services that include lab-quality pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds. 

Appointments are available Monday-Thursday and are always confidential. Call us at 507-332-7644 to schedule a day and time that works for you. 

You deserve answers to your questions and a safe place to choose the best path for your future. We’re cheering for you!