The term “incomplete” abortion can be misleading. With an incomplete abortion, the abortion procedure terminates the pregnancy, but not all the remnants exit the uterus. In most cases, the procedure successfully terminates the pregnancy but may expose your health to certain complications.

What Are the Symptoms of an Incomplete Abortion?

According to the National Library of Medicine, common symptoms of an incomplete abortion include:

  • Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding 
  • Lower abdominal and pelvic pain…that may radiate to the lower back.

These symptoms result from your body trying to pass the remaining tissues from your uterus. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. 

How Likely is an Incomplete Abortion?

Few studies help predict the likelihood of an incomplete abortion; however, according to the National Library of Medicine, prognoses are usually favorable, with an 82-96% success rate. 

However, something important to consider is that the farther your pregnancy is at the time of the abortion the more likely complications will arise. For example, the risk of incomplete abortions of pregnancies after 12 weeks of gestational age increases by 3.4% of terminated pregnancies, with the possibility of maternal death, major surgery, or sterility. 

If your doctor suspects an incomplete abortion, treatment will likely consist of an ultrasound and surgical intervention or medication, as necessary, to help expel the remaining contents of the uterus. 

What Are My Other Options? 

If you have not yet had an abortion, it is important to first confirm the age of your pregnancy so you know your eligibility for specific procedures or exposure to certain risks. Schedule your pre-abortion evaluation with us today to learn more about your options and potential risks.

Ultrasounds can also alert you to the early risks of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

We provide a pressure-free environment where you can ask questions, learn about options and resources, and be empowered to make the right decision for you. 

Contact us today to make an appointment!