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What Are the Warning Signs of Infection After Abortion

Abortion can come with some risks, including the risk of infection. It’s important to know what signs to look for if you suspect any complications after your abortion. 

Signs of infection may include fever or heavy bleeding after abortion. Talk to a medical professional right away if you suspect infection or complication.

Common Warning Signs of Infection

According to the NIH, pelvic infection is the most common type of complication of legal abortion. It could lead to things like chronic pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, infertility, and a higher chance of ectopic pregnancy. 

The Mayo Clinic shares some signs that may require medical attention after an abortion:

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours)

  • Severe abdominal or back pain

  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours

  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Make sure to follow up with your medical provider to be sure you're healing properly after an abortion. They can help you evaluate your uterine size, bleeding, and any signs of infection. 

Incomplete Abortion Can Lead to Infection

A common risk of abortion is an incomplete abortion. This complication arises when an abortion procedure isn’t done correctly, leaving parts of the pregnancy within the uterus.

Incomplete abortion side effects typically include moderate to severe vaginal bleeding, which may be associated with lower abdominal or pelvic pain. 

If you are experiencing any of these side effects, it’s important to reach out to your medical provider as soon as possible as they can also lead to infection.

Reach out to a Medical Provider 

Don’t hesitate to contact your medical provider. If your doctor suspects an incomplete abortion, they will be able to give you the next step forward to healing.

If you’re considering abortion and want more information, contact us today to learn more at no cost to you. 


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