Common signs of an incomplete abortion include:

  • Heavy Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain in the lower back or abdominals
  • Passing blood clots
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

If you are experiencing signs of an incomplete abortion, you will want to seek medical help immediately. 

In the case of an incomplete abortion, a medical procedure will be necessary to prevent further health complications. 

What is an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion happens when pregnancy tissue remains inside the uterus following an abortion. It may cause painful symptoms that require medical attention to prevent infection or complications. Incomplete abortion more often happens after taking the abortion pill, but can also happen after a surgical abortion.

Common Signs of Incomplete Abortion

There are many warning signs of incomplete abortion. It is important to seek help from a medical professional if you experience these symptoms:

  • Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding (saturating more than one pad an hour)
  • Lower abdominal pain 
  • Pain in the back, buttocks, genitalia, and perineum 
  • Passing blood clots
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A fever

Other Risks of Abortion

If you are contemplating abortion, you may want to consider these additional risks of abortion. According to the Mayo Clinic, medical abortion risks include: 

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical abortion risks, according to MedlinePlus, include:

  • Damage to the womb or cervix
  • Uterine perforation
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Scarring on the inside of the uterus
  • Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing

Treating Incomplete Abortion

Timely medical help is essential if you suspect you have an incomplete abortion. You may be prescribed a single dose of misoprostol to help expel the remaining pregnancy tissue, or surgery may be required. 

To learn more about abortion and receive free pregnancy testing and ultrasound services, visit us today at Robbinsdale Women’s Center.

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