Signs of an Incomplete Abortion


What is an incomplete abortion?

An incomplete abortion means that there is still pregnancy tissue inside of your womb. This does not necessarily mean that your pregnancy is still growing, however, it does mean that not all of the pregnancy remnants were successfully removed (medical abortion) or expelled (chemical abortion) from your uterus. This can cause serious infection and should not be left un-checked.

What are the symptoms of an incomplete abortion?

Symptoms include:

  • moderate to severe vaginal bleeding, lasting for several days
  • cramping
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lower back and vaginal pain
  • fever
  • tissue expelling from vagina

"There are limited studies on how common incomplete abortion is. However, according to one Finnish study conducted on almost 5,000 abortions, an incomplete abortion was the most common complication related to medical abortions performed under 12 weeks" (A Woman's Pregnancy Care Center).

While an incomplete abortion is more likely to happen with a chemical abortion (taking the abortion pill), it is still possible with a medical abortion. 

What do I do if I think my abortion is incomplete?

Call your medical provider. If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above after your recent abortion, you need to be seen by a doctor. If symptoms are severe and your medical provider is unable to fit you into their schedule, go to the emergency room.

How do I prevent an incomplete abortion?

Before making any decisions regarding your pregnancy, you need to have an ultrasound performed. Ultrasounds can determine if your pregnancy is viable (growing properly in the correct location), or if you have an ectopic pregnancy or any other risk factors. These details are extremely important to know before deciding on the right course of action for your pregnancy.


A Woman's Pregnancy Center.

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