It can be difficult to determine whether you have an infection if you experience abortion-related side effects. While there is some overlap, certain side effects that are particularly serious or don’t go away could indicate an infection. 

Your health matters. Embrace is here to provide accurate information about abortion procedures and related risks. Know you are not alone with an unexpected pregnancy.

Risk of Abortion

Medical abortion uses mifepristone and misoprostol to end a pregnancy. Typical side effects include abdominal cramping, vaginal bleeding, headache, nausea, diarrhea, chills, and fever. 

Risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may require surgical treatment
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the procedure doesn’t work)
  • Fever
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort

Surgical abortion uses medication, surgical instruments, and/or suctioning to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. If you undergo this procedure, you will also experience bleeding and cramping. 

Risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Infection
  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall

How Will I Know If I Have an Infection?

The bottom line is that if something seems amiss, you should seek immediate medical treatment. If your side effects become severe (i.e., heavy bleeding that won’t stop, high fever), you may have an infection. 

Other warning signs of an infection include:

  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Worsening pain or cramps

Don’t leave your health up to chance; contact your provider with any concerns or visit the emergency room. Being proactive and reacting quickly is nothing to be ashamed of.

No-Cost Pregnancy Services

Embrace provides no-cost services to clients with unexpected pregnancies. Even if you have already had an abortion, support is available. Discuss your feelings in a safe, compassionate environment.

Contact Embrace today to make an appointment.