Abortion is a serious medical procedure that comes with risks and side effects. An incomplete abortion is a risk that comes with both surgical or medical abortion. Though this risk is rare, it can have deadly effects if not properly treated by a medical professional, so it’s vital to know the signs of an incomplete abortion and get checked out by a physician to be sure.
What Is An Incomplete Abortion?
Abortion works to remove all parts of the pregnancy within the uterus. If the abortion is not done properly, there can be remaining contents left within the womb. Incomplete abortions are more common in medical abortion, as a doctor removes all parts within a surgical abortion procedure.
A doctor will confirm if you have an incomplete abortion, typically with an ultrasound. If your abortion is incomplete after a medical abortion (the abortion pill), some doctors will have you take another dose of misoprostol to contract your uterus again.
Signs & Symptoms of Incomplete Abortion
You could be experiencing an incomplete abortion if you have the following symptoms after your abortion:
- Excessive bleeding
- Pain that lasts longer than a few days
- Discomfort when pressing on your belly
- Bleeding doesn’t get lighter after a few days
- Bleeding lasting more than three weeks
- Severe pain/cramps
- High fever that lasts more than one-two days
What do I do Now?
It’s important for your health that you seek medical attention to avoid any type of infection from an incomplete abortion. You may already be in a lot of pain, so see your doctor or medical professional as soon as possible. They’ll help diagnose you and give you the necessary steps and procedures to recover.
If you are pregnant and considering abortion, please contact us today. Our staff is here to answer all your questions and inform you about all your options.