Did you recently have an abortion, or maybe you are considering the side effects? Signs that you could be experiencing an incomplete abortion include heavy bleeding, abdominal cramping, fever, or low blood pressure.
It’s vital that you do not wait if you suspect any complications after an abortion procedure. Contact emergency care services right away for help.
What is an Incomplete Abortion?
When pregnancy isn’t terminated as expected, or pregnancy tissue is left behind, it is considered an incomplete abortion. This can cause your body to get an infection, experience shock, and other symptoms.
Incomplete abortion should be treated immediately, as serious life-threatening complications can follow and compromise your health and safety.
Signs of an Incomplete Abortion
Signs may not occur until “days, weeks or even months after the pregnancy ends.” Following up with your provider and understanding what signs and symptoms you should watch for can be lifesaving.
Since abortion procedures are an outpatient experience, it is important for you to monitor your health and speak with your provider or local pregnancy center before an abortion about any complications that can occur after this procedure to help protect your health.
Calling a medical professional any time you think you might be experiencing an abortion complication is critical. Some signs and symptoms to be aware of are:
- Saturating over one pad every hour and passing several blood clots
- Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
- Cramping (can be recurring and like labor pains)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Feeling faint, dizzy, or light-headed
- High pulse rate (over 100 beats per minute while resting)
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It’s important to discuss your current health, health history, and currently used medications with your doctor to have a better understanding of all the risks. Confirming your pregnancy with a quality pregnancy test and ultrasound will help you understand all your options.