What Is an Incomplete Abortion?

Woman lying down on sofa in pain from incomplete abortion

The decision to go through with an abortion is a difficult and emotional experience. The last thing you want to worry about is possible complications from such a heart-wrenching procedure, but it’s important to know and understand the risks.

An incomplete abortion means a woman’s pregnancy has ended, but her body has not fully expelled the pregnancy tissue. It is a risk that comes with abortion and can happen with either a surgical or medical abortion.

How Common Is an Incomplete Abortion?

Most women won’t experience any problems when they terminate a pregnancy. However, complications can happen in rare cases. Sometimes there can be tissue left in your womb from the fetus or the placenta. You are no longer pregnant, but the abortion is incomplete since there is still material inside your womb.

The earlier you terminate a pregnancy, the easier it is for your womb to empty itself. This means incomplete abortions are more likely if you terminate later in the pregnancy, but the risks are still relatively low.

What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

There are a few signs to look out for after an abortion procedure that may indicate you had an incomplete abortion:

  • Continuous heavy bleeding
  • Feeling persistent pain
  • High fever lasting more than a couple of days
  • Severe cramps
  • Bleeding that lasts longer than three weeks
  • Discomfort when anything presses on your belly
  • Tissue or clot-like material that passes from the vagina

What Happens if Your Abortion is Incomplete?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after your abortion procedure, you will need to seek medical attention immediately. If your incomplete abortion is not taken care of, it can lead to serious infection!

Your doctor will want to perform an ultrasound scan to confirm what is going on, and they may have to perform a surgical procedure to clear out the womb.

Although a rare occurrence, an incomplete abortion can have fatal consequences if not appropriately treated by medical professionals. Therefore, get examined by your doctor as soon as you experience any unusual symptoms to ensure your health and safety are not compromised.

At South Avenue Women’s Services, we provide procedures to assist women during their pregnancy and to help them decide what options are best for them. We know abortion isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s the right choice for you and your body.

Once you decide that an abortion is the right choice for you, the next step is to determine which type of care will best meet your needs—medical abortion or surgical abortion. We are committed to caring for our patients through every step of both abortion processes with compassion and discretion.

You may call a member of our medical staff at any time to answer questions and address concerns. Our care does not stop when your appointment is over! We understand the risks of abortion procedures and want you to feel safe and taken care of while you recover.

Contact us at (585)271-3850 for more information about our elective abortion services in Rochester, NY.