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What Are the Signs of an Incomplete Abortion?

Updated: Feb 11

One of the most serious risks of an abortion procedure is the risk of an incomplete abortion. Seek immediate medical care from a doctor if you think your abortion was

incomplete. Read below to learn about the signs of an incomplete abortion.


What is an Incomplete Abortion?

Incomplete abortions can occur after medical or surgical abortions. They often can lead to serious health issues for women, including risk of death.


Whether at a clinic or at home, every abortion procedure is intended to terminate and remove all pregnancy tissue from the uterus. If not completed properly, an infection can develop.


In a surgical abortion procedure, accounting for all fetal body parts is the standard medical practice. However, it’s possible to have an abortion that fails to remove the entire pregnancy. Incomplete abortions most commonly occur in medical abortions. If you have recently had an abortion procedure, it is imperative that you remain aware of any symptoms listed below.


Symptoms of Incomplete Abortion

Signs and symptoms of an incomplete abortion should never be ignored. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), here are common signs of incomplete abortion:

  • Cramping

  • Fever

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding lasting days or possibly weeks

  • Lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain

  • Hemorrhagic shock, a medical emergency where the body begins to shut down due to heavy blood loss

We Are Here to Help

Contact your doctor or seek emergency care if you believe you may have experienced an incomplete abortion.

If you’re currently exploring the option of abortion, talk to us at Alpha Omega Center to learn more about the risks involved. Pregnancy confirmation is needed to know what pregnancy choices you qualify for as well.


Schedule a free and confidential appointment today to confirm your pregnancy and learn about your options. You are not alone in your unplanned pregnancy.