The signs and symptoms of an incomplete abortion can vary, but can include heavy bleeding, blood clots, and severe pain. Read on to learn more about this risk of incomplete abortion. 

What Is An Incomplete Abortion?

After an abortion (surgical or medical), there is a risk of incomplete abortion. This is when the pregnancy has ended but stays in a woman’s uterus. An incomplete abortion cannot resolve on its own and needs immediate medical attention. When an incomplete abortion happens, serious complications can arise, so it’s essential to seek help as soon as possible.

What To Watch For:

A woman who has had an abortion will need to monitor herself and reach out for medical help for the following signs and symptoms of an incomplete abortion:

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking through 1 pad every hour)
  • Passing blood clots
  • Severe abdominal or lower back pain
  • Fever
  • Rhythmic cramps, like labor
  • Slower pulse
  • Lower blood pressure

More Info

Some women are at an increased risk for an incomplete abortion. Women that are more at risk should be even more vigilant when watching for signs of an incomplete abortion after an abortion procedure. Some factors that can increase a woman’s risk of incomplete abortion include:

  • Abortion during the second trimester (from weeks 13-26)
  • Being older than 35 when pregnant
  • Never having given birth before (even if they have been pregnant before)
  • History of past incomplete abortions

Learn More About Your Options

If you are facing an unintended pregnancy, Elevate Women’s Center is here to help. While abortion is currently illegal in Arkansas, except to save a woman’s life, we can assist you with understanding your options and an ultrasound to help know the age, health, and location of your pregnancy. We can provide you with the information you need, at no cost, to help you make the right choice for you.  Contact us today to let us know how we can support you. 

The understanding staff at each of our locations is prepared to assist you with medical grade pregnancy testing, results, and information regarding your options.

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