If you’ve had an abortion but not all of the pregnancy tissue was removed (the most common reason for infection), this is an incomplete abortion and can leave you at risk for an infection.
The most common type of infection following an abortion procedure is a pelvic infection. Pelvic infection can become life-threatening and needs treatment right away.
Keep reading so you know what signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for after an abortion.
Signs and Symptoms of an Infection
Despite advancements in modern medicine, there are always risks to consider in a medical procedure. Some common signs and symptoms of infection are:
- Elevated body temperature or chills
- Foul odor from vaginal or cervical discharge
- Abdominal or pelvic discomfort
- Uterine tenderness or sensitivity
- An increased count of white blood cells
In cases where the infection is caused by residual tissue from the abortion, a medical procedure may be necessary for the physician to evacuate the uterus once again.
When to Seek Medical Care
You should request medical attention if you experience any of the symptoms above. The most conspicuous sign of infection is abnormally heavy bleeding. If you’re bleeding enough to fill two or more pads an hour for two hours, get help immediately.
Schedule an Appointment
To make an informed decision about your pregnancy, it’s important to understand the risks associated with an abortion procedure.
At Lakes Life Care Center, we provide complimentary ultrasounds that offer additional information about your pregnancy, including its age, location, and viability.
For example, if your pregnancy is a miscarriage or if it’s implanted outside of the uterus, an elective abortion would not resolve that issue.
We provide free services and a safe space to help you get what you need to make a confident decision.
Contact us today to make an appointment!