What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

Are you considering the option of abortion? Maybe you’ve had an abortion and are wondering if you are experiencing an incomplete abortion. Some signs and symptoms of incomplete abortion may include:

  • Heavy bleeding (saturating more than one pad per hour or passing large blood clots) 
  • Pain in the abdominal or pelvic regions
  • Fever
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Rhythmic cramping, similar to labor but less intense

If you believe you are experiencing an incomplete abortion, do not wait. Visit the emergency room or contact 911 immediately to get medical attention. It’s essential to follow up with a doctor after an abortion to protect your health and address any areas of concern.

What Is An Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion occurs when parts of the pregnancy are not completely removed or eliminated from the uterus when a pregnancy has been terminated. This can cause your body to experience infection, shock, and other symptoms.

This condition should be treated immediately, as serious life-threatening complications can follow and compromise your health and safety.

Common manifestations do not occur until “days, weeks or even months after the pregnancy ends.” Talk to your provider to understand what signs and symptoms you should watch for.

Am I at Risk for Incomplete Abortion?

The Cleveland Clinic shares some factors that increase a woman’s chance of experiencing incomplete abortion, these include:

  • Having a congenital uterine anomaly
  • When delivery, miscarriage, or abortion is in the second trimester of pregnancy
  • Having placenta accreta (placenta attached too deeply to the wall of the uterus)

The Cleveland Clinic also says studies suggest an incomplete abortion happens in “up to 40% of second-trimester miscarriages or abortions.”

Learn More About Abortion Risks

If you want to receive more information about the risks of medical or surgical abortion or talk about your pregnancy options, we can help. 

To take safety precautions before pursuing a legal abortion outside of Texas, confirm your pregnancy today with free lab-quality pregnancy testing and a limited obstetrical ultrasound at our clinic. 

Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment.