There is a chance of infection after a surgical or medical abortion procedure. You deserve to know the risks. Some of the most common signs of infection after an abortion are fever or severe bleeding.
Contact a medical professional immediately if you suspect an infection or are experiencing severe side effects from abortion. Catching any infection early is essential to prevent further complications or severe illness.
Signs You Could Have an Infection
According to the Mayo Clinic, here are 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
You will want to follow up with your medical provider to be sure you’re healing properly after an abortion and to evaluate your uterine size, bleeding, and any signs of infection.
The Risk of Incomplete Abortion
Another common risk of both medical and surgical abortion is an incomplete abortion. This complication arises when an abortion procedure isn’t done correctly, leaving pieces 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, you must immediately reach out to your medical provider, as they can also lead to infection.
Get Answers Today
If you are experiencing any side effects after abortion, connect with your medical provider to get the support you need. Time is of the essence.
If you are considering abortion, our caring and non-judgemental team at Alexandrina Pregnancy Center can walk you through all your options and the risks.
Find the clarity you need to make a decision. We offer same-day appointments in most cases. Schedule a free and confidential appointment to learn more.