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Knowing your risk

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These are the possible complications, infection and incomplete abortiont.

 

Heavy bleeding (occurs in less than 1% of medical abortions)

Symptom: Bleeding that lasts for more than 2 hours and soaks more than two maxi sanitary pads per hour. Feeling dizzy or light-headed can be a sign of too much blood loss. This is dangerous to your health and must be treated by a doctor.

Treatment: a vacuum aspiration (curettage.) Very rarely (less than 0.2%) a blood transfusion is needed.

If you think you might have a complication you should go to a doctor immediately. If you live in a place where abortion is a crime and you don’t have a doctor you trust, you can still access medical care. You do not have to tell the medical staff that you tried to induce an abortion; you can tell them that you had a spontaneous miscarriage. Doctors have the obligation to help in all cases and know how to handle a miscarriage.

Infection

Symptom: Infections following medical abortions are very rare. If you feel fever that lasts more than 24 hours or is higher than 100.4 F/ 38 C or if you have vaginal discharge that smells bad, you might have an infection, and you should go to a doctor immediately. You can treat infection with antibiotics.

Treatment: antibiotics and/or vacuum aspiration.

 

Incomplete abortion

An incomplete abortion is an abortion that has only been partially successful. The pregnancy has ended— no fetus will develop, but your body has only expelled part of the tissue and products of pregnancy. If you have prolonged bleeding, too much bleeding (much more than a regular menstrual period), pain in your belly that does not go away after a few days of taking the Misoprostol, pain that is unbearable, fever, continued bleeding after three weeks, or pain when pushing on your belly, you may have an incomplete abortion. You must go to a hospital or a doctor to complete the abortion if you have any of these symptoms. This is absolutely necessary because the tissue and blood that remains in the body can cause heavy bleeding or an infection. The treatment of an incomplete abortion is legal everywhere.

In countries where women can be prosecuted for having an abortion, it is not necessary to tell the medical staff that you tried to induce an abortion; you can that say that you had a spontaneous miscarriage. There are no tests that can show that a woman has done a medical abortion. It is extremely important to treat an incomplete abortion. The treatment for incomplete abortion is called a vacuum aspiration, or “curettage.” Any clinic that can deal with complications of miscarriage can also help women with incomplete abortions, because the symptoms are the same.

Incomplete abortion

Symptoms: heavy or persistent bleeding and severe persistent pain. If you have prolonged bleeding, pain that is unbearable, fever, continued bleeding after three weeks, or pain when pushing on your belly.

Treatment: two tablets of Misoprostol or a vacuum aspiration (curettage)

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