Postabortion Warning Signs

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Postabortion Warning Signs

What complications and warning signs might occur after an induced or spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)?

Spontaneous abortion occurs from natural causes, while induced abortions are artificial or therapeutic. All abortions have similar risks, but complications rarely occur. Some complications of abortion include:

  • Infection in the uterus, which may be treated with antibiotics.
  • Incomplete abortion, which may lead to bleeding and infection. This can be treated with a D&C.
  • Heavy bleeding, which should always be evaluated. Light bleeding after an abortion is normal.
  • Damage to organs from surgical abortion rarely occurs when an instrument perforates the uterus or cervix. This may lead to complications like bleeding or infection and may require further surgery.

The complications described above may be accompanied by some of the following warning signs. If you experience any of the following symptoms during pregnancy or following an induced abortion, you should seek medical care immediately:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Passage of large blood clots
  • Vaginal discharge with foul odor
  • Fever

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