Tissue remaining in the uterus (retained
products of conception). Cramping belly pain and bleeding will occur again within
a week of the procedure.
Infection. Symptoms of fever of
100.4°F (38°C) or higher, pain,
and belly tenderness will usually start within 2 to 3 days of the
procedure. But you can have a serious infection without
Blood clots blocking the cervix (hematometra). If the uterus
doesn't contract to pass all of the tissue, the cervical opening can become
blocked. This prevents blood from leaving the uterus. The uterus will become
enlarged and tender. Belly pain, cramping, and nausea may be
Moderate to severe bleeding (hemorrhage). Bleeding may be
more than normal if:
Products of conception are retained in the
The uterus has not contracted toward its prepregnancy size
Uterine muscle rupture has occurred. In rare cases, a
uterine incision scar tears open when a medicine is used to induce
When a medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion must
be done as follow-up to prevent complications or development of a fetus with
Follow-up examination after a medical abortion
follow-up examination is done about 2 weeks after a medical abortion. The
examination may include:
A discussion of birth control use. If birth control measures
were started immediately after the abortion procedure, the proper use of the
method can be discussed again.
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 31, 2012
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