Whether you’re considering abortion or have already had an abortion, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an incomplete abortion to protect your health. 

The information below will help you learn more about incomplete abortion, when to seek medical care, and the possible complications that can arise.

What Is an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion occurs if a portion of the pregnancy tissue remains inside the uterus after a medical or surgical abortion.

When the tissue is not properly passed or removed, it can lead to infection and excessive bleeding, causing serious health issues.

Listed below are common signs of an incomplete abortion:

  • Passing large blood clots or soaking a pad every hour
  • Rhythmic uterine cramping 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Feeling faint or light-headed
  • Fever or chills 

Because many abortions are outpatient procedures, it is the patient’s responsibility to be aware of these signs that could indicate a complication. If you experience any of these signs or symptoms following an abortion, seek medical care immediately.

Treatment of an Incomplete Abortion

Incomplete abortions may require surgical removal of the remaining pregnancy tissue, and if an incomplete abortion is not treated quickly, it can lead to complications that may be life-threatening.

Potential complications of incomplete abortion include:

  • Sepsis 
  • Hemorrhage 
  • Uterine rupture 
  • Pelvic infection
  • Cervical damage
  • Infertility 
  • Psychological effects 

Hospital admission, blood transfusions, and IV medication may be needed when complications occur.

For your health and safety, never delay seeking medical attention if you think you could be experiencing post-abortion complications.

Get the Help You Deserve

Before deciding to terminate your pregnancy, it is essential to know the unique details of your pregnancy and understand all of the risks of abortion. 

Learn more about your pregnancy and your options at New Beginnings Pregnancy Center. 

We offer lab-quality pregnancy tests, ultrasound scans, and an opportunity to discuss your options with our trusted medical team. 

If you’ve already had an abortion, we have services available for you, as well. We offer post-abortion support individually and in group settings. 

No matter where you are on your journey, we are here for you. 

Contact us today for your confidential appointment.