If you’re considering taking the abortion pill, it’s important to take time to educate yourself on what to expect from the process and be aware of the potential side effects and risks you may face, including an incomplete abortion.
In this blog, we will be discussing incomplete abortions — what they are, what to look for, and how to prevent one.
What is an Incomplete Abortion?
The abortion pill process requires two medications — Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken first and is used to end the pregnancy, while Misoprostol is taken after to cause the body to have contractions and expel the pregnancy tissue from the womb.
In the case of an abortion that doesn’t complete, the body is not successful in fully expelling the pregnancy tissue from the womb. While incomplete abortions are relatively rare, they can lead to serious consequences if left untreated. Retained tissue caused by an incomplete abortion can lead to infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging.
What are the signs of an incomplete abortion?
While it is normal to experience some side effects following the abortion pill, it’s important to be on the lookout for anything abnormal that could indicate serious medical complications. Signs of an incomplete abortion include the following:
- Excessive and/or prolonged bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain or cramping
- Abdominal sensitivity when pressure is applied
- Prolonged pain (lasting more than a few days)
- High or prolonged fever
How can I avoid an incomplete abortion?
The chance of experiencing an abortion that does not complete, from the abortion pill, increases as your pregnancy progresses. According to the FDA, the abortion pill should not be used to terminate a pregnancy further than 10 weeks along as it will likely be ineffective or lead to complications, including retained fetal tissue (incomplete abortion).
The best step to take to avoid an incomplete abortion is to receive an ultrasound scan at your local pregnancy clinic. Our free ultrasound scan will help you identify the gestational age of your pregnancy and give you and your doctor insight into your eligibility for the abortion pill. Additionally, an ultrasound scan will help your doctor identify other health concerns, such as ectopic pregnancy, and verify that your pregnancy is viable.
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Are you looking to confirm the gestational age of your pregnancy? Schedule a free appointment today to receive an ultrasound scan and learn more about your abortion options through Hope Women’s Center’s confidential pregnancy services and options counseling.