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What Are the Warning Signs of Infection After Abortion?

To protect your health, knowing the signs of infection after an abortion is critical.

If you think you may be developing an infection, never delay seeking prompt medical care, as ignoring signs of complications can lead to serious health effects.

If you’ve had an abortion or are considering having an abortion, continue reading to learn more about what signs and symptoms may indicate you are experiencing an infection.

Signs to Watch for After Abortion

Infections can arise after both medical and surgical abortion.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should be watchful for the following signs and symptoms:

1. Heavy bleeding

After a medical abortion, bleeding is expected as the uterus contracts and the body passes the pregnancy. However, if you are bleeding through two or more pads an hour for two hours, seek medical attention.

Similarly, following a surgical abortion, spotting is expected, but if you soak through a pad every hour, seek medical care.

2. Severe abdominal or back pain

Cramping is also not unusual after an abortion procedure, and depending on your unique pregnancy and procedure, your doctor should inform you of the expected duration of the discomfort.

Following a surgical abortion, cramps lasting more than 48 hours should be reported.

3. Fever

After a medical abortion, you should notify your medical provider of a fever that lasts more than 24 hours.

Following a surgical abortion, a fever for any amount of time should be reported immediately.

4. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Vaginal bleeding is another common side effect after both medical and surgical abortion. However, you may be experiencing an infection if you notice the discharge is fishy or foul-smelling.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Delaying care can lead to further complications and devastating health effects.

Pre-Abortion Consultation

If you are considering an abortion, it is essential to understand the potential health risks.

Palm Beach Women’s Clinic can provide you with pregnancy testing and a follow-up limited ultrasound to learn more about your pregnancy, and our trusted medical team can help you understand your unique risks, answer your questions, and explore your potential options.

Contact us today for your confidential, no-cost appointment.

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