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An incomplete abortion, which can happen after both the abortion pill and surgical abortion, occurs when some of the pregnancy is left in the womb after an abortion. This can lead to serious infection and complications, including cervical shock and sepsis. 

If left untreated, these severe complications can lead to infertility and death.

What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion is usually accompanied by heavy bleeding and abdominal pain that does not subside after several days.

According to Science Direct, An incomplete abortion involves vaginal bleeding, cramping (contractions), cervical dilatation, and incomplete passage of the products of conception. A woman experiencing incomplete abortion frequently describes passage of clots or pieces of tissue, and reports vaginal bleeding. The cramping may be rhythmic or labor-like, although less intense than a full-term labor. At this point, the baby has already died and has either been passed or is part of the retained tissue. Treatment focuses on helping the woman to complete the miscarriage process by expelling any retained tissue, and emotional and physical healing.

How is an Incomplete Abortion Treated?

If you are having any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to do an ultrasound to see if there is any remaining tissue inside your womb. He may also monitor your blood loss and give you a blood transfusion if necessary. 

You may be given another dose of mifepristone to create contractions that will force your body to expel the rest of the pregnancy.

Or surgical intervention may be required. 

Where Can I Learn More?

If you have had an abortion or miscarriage and are concerned about an incomplete abortion, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We can offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any further questions you may have and point you toward helpful resources. Contact us, to help you make the most knowledgeable and informed decision for your health and future.