What Are the Warning Signs of Infection after Abortion?

There are different types of abortion, but each type carries a risk of infection. Post-abortion infection is also known as “septic abortion.” 

Whether you’re contemplating undergoing an abortion or have already had one, knowing the signs of a post-abortion infection are important. 

Read on to learn what to look out for. And if you’ve already had an abortion and are experiencing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care right away. 

Top Warning Signs 

A medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”) relies on two different drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end and expel a pregnancy. However, sometimes this results in an incomplete abortion, which is when pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus. An incomplete abortion can quickly lead to infection. 

A surgical abortion involves using medical instruments to dilate the cervix and remove the pregnancy from the uterus. This procedure can cause an infection when bacteria are introduced into the uterus, or when an incomplete abortion occurs. 

The main warning signs of a post-abortion infection resulting from either type of abortion include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • A fever that persists for more than 24 to 48 hours
  • A foul-smelling discharge or odor coming from the vagina


A post-abortion infection is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment to avoid further complications.

While a medical professional can assess your unique situation, the most common treatment includes taking antibiotics and removing any infected pregnancy tissue. If you suspect complications, we offer post-abortion medical screenings and are equipped to help you through the post-abortion recovery process.


Whether you’re currently facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering your options, or you’re worried that you’re experiencing a post-abortion infection, you’re not alone. At Alabama Pregnancy Test Center, we understand what you’re going through. Our client advocates are here if you need to talk about what you’re experiencing, and our medical professionals offer free pregnancy services, post-abortion screenings and resources. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.