What are the Complications of Abortion?

Complications of abortion include bleeding, infection, trauma to organs and incomplete evacuation.

Complications of medical abortion include:

Complications of Abortion

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.(5, 6)


  1. What is Abortion? - (https://www.bpas.org/abortion-care/considering-abortion/what-is-abortion/)
  2. Abortion in India - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_India)
  3. Abortion (Termination of Pregnancy) - (https://www.health.harvard.edu/medical-tests-and-procedures/abortion-termination-of-pregnancy-a-to-z)
  4. Clinical Care for Women Undergoing Abortion - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK138188/)
  5. What Happens in Abortion - (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/what-happens/)
  6. Induced Abortion - (https://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq043.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20121007T1323563261)


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