What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion is a serious complication of abortion procedures that should be treated immediately. Arm yourself with the facts before choosing abortion as a pregnancy decision. 

This complication occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue remains behind in the uterus after an abortion. You may be more at risk if factors such as having a late-term abortion or a history of C-sections apply to you. 

Below, we’ll supply the information you should know about incomplete abortions. It is crucial to stay informed and assertive about your health. 

Warning Signs

Signs of an incomplete abortion include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain
  • Cramping
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Passing large clots during vaginal bleeding
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

If you experience any of these symptoms or something seems amiss, seek medical treatment. Don’t delay; you deserve to protect your health.

What Happens if This is Left Untreated?

An untreated, incomplete abortion can cause further complications that can be long-lasting and severe. You could experience:

  • Sepsis
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhaging 
  • Infertility

Incomplete Abortion Treatment

Multiple treatment methods can effectively treat and manage incomplete abortions. First, your provider will conduct a pelvic exam to confirm you are indeed having an incomplete abortion. An ultrasound may also be used to diagnose this condition. They may administer medication to dilate the cervix and allow the pregnancy tissue to pass. 

In more serious cases, forceps or a surgical method like dilation and curettage (D & C) may be needed. You must seek follow-up care and follow your provider’s instructions. 

Here to Provide the Information You Deserve 

New Beginnings of Winchester offers free and confidential pregnancy services, including options counseling sessions. Learn the facts about abortion before making a decision. 

We’re here to provide the information you deserve during this time. Contact us today to make an appointment.