An incomplete abortion is a risk that can occur after any abortion. Both a medical and surgical abortion can result in an incomplete abortion, and it happens when pregnancy tissue is left inside the uterus. 

If you’ve had an abortion, there are signs to look out for that could indicate you’re experiencing an incomplete abortion. These symptoms include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding may include the presence of clots
  • Lower abdominal pain and cramping
  • Fever, if an infection is present
  • Unpleasant-smelling vaginal discharge

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seeking emergency care is vital. 

Risk Factors

Incomplete abortion is a risk that can happen due to certain factors that can make this risk more likely to occur. 

Risk factors for incomplete abortion include: 

  • An abortion procedure that’s performed later in pregnancy
  • Having had a previous C-Section 
  • Having a bleeding disorder, infection, or other medical condition

Seeking Treatment

An incomplete abortion won’t improve on its own and needs immediate treatment to avoid further complications, including infection, infertility issues, and hemorrhage (too much blood loss). 

Depending on your unique situation, treatment for an incomplete abortion includes a dilation and curettage (D & C) procedure. During this process, the cervix is dilated (opened). Then, a curette (a thin medical instrument) is inserted into the uterus to scrape the uterine wall and remove any pregnancy tissue left after the abortion. 

Depending on the specific symptoms you’re experiencing, you might also receive antibiotics if an infection is suspected, pain medication, or a blood transfusion

Need Help?

Whether you’re worried that you’re experiencing an incomplete abortion after undergoing an abortion or whether you’re still pregnant and contemplating having an abortion, you’re not alone. We’re here for you and offer free pregnancy resources and options consulting. Contact us today for a confidential appointment.