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Are you recovering from an abortion or considering the risks of the procedure? If you’ve recently had an abortion and suspect you might be suffering from a complication, read on to learn what an incomplete abortion is and the signs to watch out for. 

What Is An Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion occurs when some of the fetal or pregnancy tissue is left inside the uterus after an abortion has been completed. Women who have had a medical abortion, or taken the abortion pill, are at greater risk of experiencing this complication. 

For those considering an abortion, it should be noted that an incomplete abortion is one of the most common risks associated with abortion. 

Symptoms of an Incomplete Abortion

Symptoms of an incomplete abortion can vary from woman to woman, but the most documented signs include the following:

  • Cramping
  • Fever 
  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain

For the following symptoms please contact 911 or seek emergency medical care immediately. 

  • Heavy prolonged bleeding
  • Saturating a pad or tampon in less than an hour or 
  • Bleeding through another pad in the second hour

An incomplete abortion can cause severe infection and needs to be assessed as soon as possible by healthcare professionals. 

If left untreated, an incomplete abortion can cause cervical shock, a life-threatening complication. 

Planning Ahead 

If you are currently dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and considering an abortion, preparing properly for the procedure can help protect your future health and well-being. 

Women are strongly encouraged to have an ultrasound done before an abortion. An ultrasound reveals exactly how old a pregnancy is and its location. This information allows medical professionals to select the right process for termination. 

You Medical provides no-cost, limited ultrasounds for women who have recently had a positive pregnancy test

While we do not provide abortions, we want women to feel safe and confident in their decisions. 

Women’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being is the top priority at You Medical. Call our office at 509-491-1101 or text HELPLINE to 313131 to schedule an appointment today!

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