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What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion can happen if any pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after an abortion procedure. This term can also apply to miscarriage when the body retains any pregnancy tissue. 

 

What Are the Symptoms of an Incomplete Abortion?

If you have an incomplete abortion, you might experience moderate to severe vaginal bleeding, which may be associated with lower abdominal pain and/or pelvic pain. 

If left untreated, incomplete abortion can lead to hemorrhaging, infection, and possible sepsis. 

Because it can lead to infection, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, fever or chills, and any uterine tenderness might also appear as symptoms of a complication after abortion. If a healthcare provider suspects retained pregnancy tissue to be the cause of the infection, they may re-evacuate the uterus.
If anything looks or appears to be abnormal after abortion, seek medical care immediately.

How Is an Incomplete Abortion Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will likely order an ultrasound to discover if any pregnancy tissue remains in your uterus. They also may order a blood test to check the level of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) in your body. Other diagnostic procedures could include a hysteroscopy or an endometrial biopsy (these are rare). 

How is an Incomplete Abortion Treated? 

A health professional will determine the best treatment method based on each individual circumstance. However, an incomplete abortion can be followed up by a surgical abortion, the drug misoprostol, or another form of treatment.

If there is an infection, antibiotics might be prescribed.

What to Do if You Suspect an Incomplete Abortion

If something doesn’t seem right, you have medical concerns, or you’re experiencing symptoms after an abortion, seek medical care immediately.

Reach out to your doctor or visit an emergency room as soon as you can to assess the severity of your situation and receive any necessary treatment.

Who Can I Talk to About My Post-Abortion Experience?

If you have had an abortion and need emotional or mental support, we are here for you. 

Our team has helped many women process their emotions after an abortion experience. If you would like to talk to someone who understands, please contact us!

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