What are the Symptoms of Incomplete Abortion?

Incomplete abortion refers to a situation where a pregnancy has not been entirely expelled from the uterus. It can be associated with several symptoms, including:

  • Vaginal Bleeding: Persistent or heavy vaginal bleeding is a common symptom of an incomplete abortion. The bleeding may be heavier than a typical menstrual period and may contain clots.
  • Abdominal Pain: Women may experience abdominal cramping or pain, which can range from mild to severe. The pain may be constant or intermittent.
  • Passage of Tissue: Some women may pass pregnancy-related tissue, which can be visible in the bleeding. This tissue may be grayish or pinkish in color.
  • Fever: An incomplete abortion can sometimes lead to infection, which may cause fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms.
  • Foul Odor: In some cases, there may be a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, which can be a sign of infection.

It’s essential to seek medical attention if you suspect you are experiencing an incomplete abortion or if you have had a miscarriage with persistent symptoms. An incomplete abortion can carry risks of infection and further complications if not managed appropriately. A healthcare provider can perform an ultrasound and possibly a procedure called a dilation and curettage (D&C) to complete the abortion safely and address any potential infections or complications.