An incomplete abortion occurs when not all pregnancy tissue is expelled following an abortion procedure, potentially leading to serious health complications, such as a life-threatening infection.

Women considering an abortion or those who have already had one should be informed about the symptoms of an incomplete abortion. Continue reading to learn about the key signs to monitor and the measures you can take to protect your health.

What to Look Out For

An incomplete abortion happens when pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after the procedure. This condition often leads to moderate to severe vaginal bleeding and may cause lower abdominal or pelvic pain. Prompt diagnosis is essential.

Here are a few of the other warning signs of a complication to look out for:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

What You Can Do

It is essential to arrange for follow-up care after an abortion. If you notice any concerning signs after the procedure, seek immediate medical attention rather than waiting for your scheduled follow-up.

Your healthcare provider may ask whether you still feel pregnant, whether you observed the expulsion of the gestational sac or embryo, the extent of your bleeding, and whether you are still experiencing bleeding.

Should there be a suspicion of an incomplete abortion, an ultrasound may be necessary to examine your uterus, and surgical intervention may be required.

Talk With Us 

If you’re considering an abortion, it’s important to be well-informed about the procedure and understand your pregnancy to evaluate your options comprehensively.

Compass Women’s Clinic of Athens offers free pregnancy services, along with information and resources, to help you feel prepared and confident about your next steps.

Contact us today for a free appointment.