Like any other surgical procedure, abortion has potential complications. At Seng’s OG Practice, we want to make this procedure as safe and painless as possible for you. Nonetheless, it is important to know the signs of abortion complications so you can seek out appropriate medical help when necessary.
- Heavy and Prolonged Bleeding
Vaginal bleeding is common after an abortion, up to three weeks. Any excessive bleeding beyond the three weeks is not normal. It may be a sign of incomplete removal of pregnancy or infection.
This heavy and prolonged bleeding only happens in less than 1% of patients. The patient will need to undergo an emergency surgical procedure (curettage) to stop the excessive bleeding.
- Incomplete Removal of Pregnancy
Excessive bleeding beyond three weeks is a sign of incomplete removal of pregnancy, which may require surgical evacuation if some of the products of pregnancy are left behind in the womb. This only happens in about 5-10% of patients. We also routinely use ultrasound scans during the procedure to minimise this risk.
The following are signs of infection:
- Unpleasant vaginal discharge
- High temperature
- Lower abdominal pain
- Excessive bleeding beyond three weeks
Infection happens in less than 5% of patients. Serious cases of toxic and septic shock have rarely been reported. We will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.
- Injury to the womb
In surgical abortions, the neck of the womb (cervix) is dilated to allow the medical instrument to enter.
Inadequate dilation of the cervix may lead to a higher risk of the womb being injured. On the other hand, excessive dilation of the cervix may lead to problems of infertility and repeated miscarriages in future.
We use ultrasonography to better visualise the entire procedure, minimising the risks.