Women struggling with an unwanted pregnancy may be eager to find a quick solution to their dilemma. But before you jump into an abortion, it’s a good idea to learn about the potential risks involved and how you can best support a healthy recovery. 

Here are the details on what an incomplete abortion is and how to know if you’ve had one. 

What Is An Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion is defined as the partial loss or removal of a pregnancy. For example, if a woman takes the abortion pill, her body may not expel the entire pregnancy. During surgical abortions, some of the tissue or placenta may be overlooked by the healthcare provider and remain inside the uterus. 

While rare, incomplete abortions are the most common complication following a medical abortion.

As one can imagine, an incomplete abortion can cause severe side effects and must be addressed promptly.

Signs And Symptoms To Look Out For

Signs of an incomplete abortion include cramping, heavy and prolonged bleeding, fever, lower back pain, and pelvic pain. If you believe you may have had an incomplete abortion, call your health provider immediately and request an examination. 

If left untreated, an incomplete abortion can cause a septic abortion or cervical shock. Both of which are life-threatening and require emergency medical intervention. 

Following Up After An Abortion

Because of the potential risks, women who have had any kind of abortion are encouraged to see their healthcare provider a few days after passing the pregnancy for an examination. 

During your follow up appointment, your healthcare provider will check for signs of an incomplete abortion, infection and assess your mental and emotional well-being. 

How Can I Feel Confident In My Decision?

Our goal at Crisis Pregnancy Center is to be a safe haven for women to ask questions and learn about the options available for an unwanted pregnancy. 

Knowledge is powerful. Understanding the facts about abortion and alternatives available, can empower your decision making and bring peace of mind to your future. 

We’re here to serve and support you in whatever way we can. Call or text us today at 812-366-2365 and reclaim your future!