With abortion comes risks, including the risk of infection. It’s essential to know what signs to look for if you suspect any complications after your abortion.
Some warning signs of infection could include fever or heavy bleeding after an abortion. Talk to a medical professional right away if you suspect infection or complication.
According to the NIH, pelvic infection is the most common type of complication of legal abortion. It could lead to things like chronic pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, infertility, and a higher chance of ectopic pregnancy.
To prevent severe infections, it’s important to watch your body after abortion and alert your doctor if anything seems abnormal.
Signs of Infection After Abortion
The Mayo Clinic shares common signs that could require medical attention after an abortion including:
1. Foul-Smelling Odor
The Cleveland Clinic also shares that one of the biggest red flags for infection after abortion is unpleasant odors from the vagina. This is not a normal occurrence for a woman after abortion. Alert a medical professional as soon as possible to avoid infection or further infection.
2. A Fever
If you have a fever that lasts more than 24 to 48 hours after abortion, seek medical attention right away. You may have an infection and will likely be prescribed antibiotics by your doctor.
3. Heavy Bleeding
It’s very normal to have light to heavy bleeding after an abortion procedure. However, it becomes a possible sign of infection when the blood soaks two or more pads an hour for two hours. If this happens, seek medical attention right away.
4. Severe Abdominal or Back Pain
Lastly, you could be experiencing severe abdominal or back pain, possibly pointing to infection. You may have light cramping, but anything more severe than that should be presented to a doctor right away just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Contact Your Medical Provider
If you aren’t sure about where you stand after your abortion, don’t hesitate to contact your medical provider. If your doctor suspects an incomplete abortion, they will be able to give you the next step toward recovery.