As with many medical procedures, infection after an abortion is possible. What are the Warning Signs of Infection After Abortion?
Pelvic infection is considered the “commonest” type of infection following abortion. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications.
It’s critical that you understand what symptoms you should look for to prevent any complications after an abortion. The following are some warning signs that could indicate an infection after an abortion. It is important that you pay attention to these symptoms and take quick action.
Heavy or Abnormal Bleeding
One tell-tale sign of an infection is heavy vaginal bleeding. If you are bleeding enough to fill two full-size sanitary pads every hour for two consecutive hours, you should seek immediate medical attention. It is possible you are experiencing an incomplete abortion, which means not all of the fetal remains were removed or expelled. Abnormal bleeding that merits medical attention is bleeding with the appearance of large clots or discolored blood.
Even if you’re not bleeding heavily, the Cleveland Clinic states that an unpleasant odor from the vagina is a sign of an infection. This is an unexpected symptom after an abortion, and you should seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing this type of odor.
If you have a fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C) or any fever lasting 24 hours or more, seek medical attention, you may need antibiotics.
Severe Abdominal or Back Pain
Uterine cramping is normal as your uterus returns to its normal pre-pregnancy size. If your cramping pain doesn’t get better and increases after a few days, this could be a sign of infection. Seek medical attention for this kind of persistent pain.z
Ultrasounds can inform you of your pregnancy’s age, location, and viability. Knowing these facts will help you understand your eligibility for certain abortion procedures and alert you to the possible complications of an ectopic pregnancy or a non-viable pregnancy.
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