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What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion is a risk associated with abortion, and it happens when parts of the pregnancy remain in your uterus. Whether you’ve recently had an abortion or are considering one, knowing the signs of an incomplete abortion can help protect your health. 

Read on to learn more about the warning signs of incomplete abortion and what to do if you think you’re experiencing one.

Are you looking to talk to someone in person about abortion or pregnancy concerns? Contact Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic for an appointment. All our resources are always free and confidential.

Warning Signs of Incomplete Abortion

Incomplete abortion, also sometimes referred to as “retained products of conception,” happens in roughly 40% of second-trimester abortions, and it’s dangerous because it can quickly lead to an infection if not treated promptly. 

If you’ve recently had an abortion and are experiencing any of the following warning signs of incomplete abortion, seek emergency treatment right away: 

  • Fever
  • Bleeding too much (one pad or more per hour is too much)
  • Pain in your pelvic region

Risks Factors for Incomplete Abortion

Certain factors make you more likely to experience an incomplete abortion. Some of these factors include:

  • Placenta accreta, which is when the placenta connects too deeply in the uterus wall
  • Being older than 35
  • Abortion between weeks 13 and 26
  • Having had a previous C-section

Next Steps

Seeking immediate medical treatment is essential for protecting your health if you’ve had an abortion and think you may be experiencing an incomplete abortion.

If you are pregnant and considering abortion, contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of our caring team members. We offer free pregnancy resources and information so that you can understand all your options and feel empowered to take the next steps. You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.