What are the Complications of Abortion?
Complications of medical abortion include:
► Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea
► Fever, chills
► Heavy bleeding
► Abdominal pain
► Incomplete abortion, which may require surgical evacuation
► Rarely, infection
Complications of surgical abortion include:
► Bleeding: Though some bleeding is normal after an abortion, in cases of trauma to the uterus or incomplete abortion, bleeding may be excessive.
► Infection: Infection can result if adequate sterile precautions are not followed during the procedure. The patient may complain of a foul-smelling discharge and fever. Severe infection or sepsis could also occur.
► Abdominal cramps: The patient may complain of abdominal or back pain and cramps during and after the procedure.
► Incomplete abortion: Incomplete abortion may result in excessive bleeding and infection following the procedure.
► Trauma: The surgical instruments used during the procedure may damage the uterus or sometimes neighboring organs like bowel and bladder.