As with many medical procedures, infection after an abortion is possible. 

Pelvic infection is considered the most common type of infection following abortion. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications. 

Symptoms to watch for include heavy vaginal bleeding, which can indicate an incomplete abortion and put you at risk for infection. 

If you experience heavy bleeding filling two full-size sanitary pads every hour for two consecutive hours, seek immediate medical attention. 

While rare, it’s critical to understand and address the possibility of infection after an abortion to ensure your health and well-being.

What are the Symptoms?

According to the Mayo Clinic, here are the signs and symptoms that may require medical attention after a medical abortion include:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Nausea or vomiting

What Should I Do If I’m Displaying Symptoms?

If you experience any infection symptoms after an abortion, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. 

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may order tests to determine if you have an infection. 

Treatment for infection after an abortion typically involves antibiotics. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.

Next Steps

If you have had a chemical or surgical abortion and are experiencing symptoms that concern you, please contact Hope Women’s Center for your free post-abortion exam with one of our licensed medical professionals.