Abortion, like any serious medical procedure, carries risks that every patient has a right to know. Some of these risks are minor, while others are serious. One of the possible complications of an abortion, whether medical or surgical, is an incomplete abortion.
An incomplete abortion occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after the procedure. Signs of an incomplete abortion include:
- Heavy Bleeding
- Abdominal or low-back pain
- Passing large clots through vaginal bleeding
- Fever or chills
- Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina
If you have any signs of an incomplete abortion, go to your nearest emergency room immediately. Incomplete abortions are very dangerous if left untreated.
What Can I Expect for Treatment?
There are a few different things a medical provider can do to treat an incomplete abortion. Sometimes, medication is all that’s needed to dilate the cervix and allow the remaining pregnancy tissue to pass.
Other times, another procedure called dilation and curettage is needed. During this procedure, medication or small instruments dilate the cervix, and suctioning or an instrument called a curette removes the tissue.
What Should I Do Before Any Abortion?
To minimize any risk associated with an abortion procedure, there are several things you should do beforehand.
Any woman considering abortion should have an obstetric ultrasound to confirm necessary details about her pregnancy, including gestational age, viability, and location of the pregnancy. These details will help to protect her health and tell her which type of abortion procedure she qualifies for.
Women should also have a complete physical before an abortion and consult their medical provider. Checking to ensure they’re in good health will help avoid possible complications and ensure they know the risks and possible side effects of abortion.
Where Can I Go for an Ultrasound?
WISH Medical offers limited obstetrical ultrasounds to confirm key pregnancy details. We can also provide accurate information on all your pregnancy options, including abortion. All of our services are offered free of charge.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment! We’re here to help!