Before having an abortion, you’ll want to review your pregnancy options and ensure this is right for you. Abortion carries a number of risks and possible complications, including incomplete abortion. 

What is an Incomplete Abortion?

Incomplete abortions occur when some of the pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after a medical abortion, surgical abortion, or miscarriage. It requires medical treatment and has prominent symptoms, including:

  • Moderate to severe vaginal bleeding (saturating more than one pad per hour)
  • Lower abdominal and/or pain 
  • Pain in the back, buttocks, genitalia, and perineum 
  • Passing blood clots
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

While many women can have an incomplete abortion, some are more likely than others to develop this complication. Risk factors include:

  • Abortion during the second trimester (from weeks 13-26)
  • Being older than 35 when pregnant
  • Never having given birth before (even if they have been pregnant before)
  • History of past incomplete abortions

Treating an Incomplete Abortion

Treatment for an incomplete abortion depends on the individual case. For non-surgical management, a dose of misoprostol may be administered. In the event that a surgical method must be used, dilation and curettage (D & C) will likely be performed. This procedure uses medication and surgical instruments to remove the remaining pregnancy tissue.

Before an Abortion

Before any abortion procedure, you should confirm important health details and learn about your pregnancy options. The Epic Center offers a free and confidential limited ultrasound with a positive pregnancy test performed at the center. One of our qualified ultrasound technicians performs this ultrasound and confirms key pregnancy details. 

You’ll also want to receive options information so that you can be sure that abortion is the right choice for you. Learn about all of your options, including parenting and adoption, in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Receive Help You Can Trust

If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, The Epic Center is here to give you the care you need. We pride ourselves on providing quality educational sources and pregnancy confirmation services when you desire them most.

Contact us today to make an appointment at our New Bern or Kinston location. You’re not alone in this! We are here to provide a safe and supportive environment.