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What Are the Warning Signs of Infection After Abortion?

Follow-up care is essential after any procedure to ensure that there are no signs of side effects or complications, including infection. But what are the warning signs of a potential infection?

There is potential for infection after either a surgical or chemical abortion (the abortion pill), and it is essential to be aware of any signs so that you can report them to your medical provider immediately. Identifying an infection early is vital to prevent more complications or severe illness.

Possible Signs of Infection

The Mayo Clinic identifies several signs that may require medical attention following an abortion, including:

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

  2. Severe abdominal or back pain

  3. Fever lasting more than 24 hours

  4. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Incomplete Abortion Risk

A possible complication of chemical and surgical abortion is incomplete abortion. An incomplete abortion occurs when parts of the fetus remain behind in the woman’s body after the procedure or treatment and can lead to infection.

Possible warning signs of incomplete abortion are moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding, possibly accompanied by lower abdominal or pelvic pain.

Remember, after any procedure or medical treatment, including an abortion, you must follow up with your medical provider to ensure that you are healing properly with no signs of possible complications or infection.

Get the Answers You Need

If you have had an abortion and are experiencing the above, speak with your medical provider immediately. Contact our clinic if you have any questions or are considering an abortion. Our warm, welcoming medical staff is here to help you, offering pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing, post-abortive care, and options counseling, all free and confidential.

An unplanned pregnancy can be scary, but you are not alone. Schedule your free and confidential appointment today.

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