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What are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

What are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion does not mean your pregnancy was not terminated. But it does mean your uterus needs to expel fetal and pregnancy tissues to prevent a serious infection. 

What Are the Symptoms of an Incomplete Abortion?

Possible symptoms of incomplete abortion, according to MedlinePlus, could include:

  • Low back pain or abdominal pain that is dull, sharp, or cramping
  • Tissue or clot-like material that passes from the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding, with or without abdominal cramps. One of the most tell-tale signs is if you bleed enough to soak through two thick full-size sanitary pads per hour for two consecutive hours. If this is your condition, you should seek immediate medical care. 

How Likely is an Incomplete Abortion?

There are limited studies that give statistical data on the percentage of incomplete abortions. However, it is possible. Of over 24,000 adult participants in Finland who underwent a medical abortion, 10.2% experienced an incomplete abortion. 

If your doctor suspects an incomplete abortion, you will likely need an ultrasound and may require surgical intervention.

What Are My Other Options? 

One of the best ways to give you peace of mind before making a decision is to get more information about the abortion process. To determine if you qualify for an abortion, you’ll need to know the gestational age of your pregnancy and if your pregnancy is still progressing.

We offer pre-abortion consultations and no-cost ultrasounds at our clinic. Through your visit, you can confirm your pregnancy’s age and viability, ask any pregnancy-related questions, and learn about local resources that may be helpful. Contact us today! 

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