An incomplete abortion is a complication that can happen after an abortion. Incomplete abortions can threaten your health because they could lead to a potentially life-threatening infection.

If you’re considering abortion or have already had one, it’s essential to understand the signs of an incomplete abortion. Read on to learn more about what to look for and how to protect your health before an abortion. 

Or, if you want to talk to someone about free pregnancy services and resources, contact Options For Her today to schedule a confidential appointment.

Signs of an Incomplete Abortion

An incomplete abortion happens when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus. 

If you’ve had an abortion, signs you may be experiencing an incomplete abortion include:

  • 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 Should I Do if I’m Having Signs of Incomplete Abortion?

If you’ve recently had an abortion and are experiencing signs of an incomplete abortion, it’s critical to be examined by your healthcare provider. 

During this visit, your healthcare provider may do the following during the examination:

  • Ask if you saw the gestational sac or other parts of the pregnancy 
  • Determine how much bleeding you’ve had

If an incomplete abortion is suspected, you will likely be given an ultrasound. 

How Can I Protect My Health Before an Abortion?

If you are still considering abortion, it’s essential to receive an ultrasound first. This scan can help determine key details you need to stay safe. These details include:

  • Pregnancy gestational age: Certain abortion methods, like medical abortion, are only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is ten weeks gestation or under.
  • Pregnancy location: This is vital for ruling out a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, which is when your pregnancy grows outside the uterus. 
  • Pregnancy viability: Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and it’s possible to experience one without immediate signs. If you’ve had a miscarriage, you will need medical follow-up care to ensure complications don’t arise. 

Next Steps

Making a decision for your unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this process. At Options For Her, we’re here for you with free pregnancy resources, services, and information to help you make an informed decision. 

If you’re considering abortion, contact us today to receive a free, limited ultrasound to get the information you need to stay safe. All appointments and services are free and confidential.

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