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Did you recently have an abortion? Are you still pregnant but considering abortion? Either way, it’s essential to learn about the warning signs of infection—one of the risks with both medical and surgical abortion.

This article will highlight the warning signs of post-abortion infection. However, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy or post-abortion support, contact Choose Hope Women’s Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment in a safe, supportive environment.

Warning Signs of Post-Abortion Infection

If you’ve had an abortion or are considering one, it’s critical to be aware of the warning signs that may be signaling something is wrong.

The following are signs that a post-abortion infection may be developing after a medical or surgical abortion. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical intervention right away:


One of the most common signs of infection is a fever. If your temperature rises above 100.4°F (38°C) and persists, it could indicate a post-abortion infection. Monitor your temperature regularly, especially in the first few days after the procedure.

Severe Pain or Cramps

While mild to moderate cramping is normal after a surgical abortion and during a medical abortion, severe or worsening pain is not. If you experience intense pain that doesn’t improve or if the pain suddenly increases, it could be a sign of infection or other complications.

Foul-Smelling Discharge

Vaginal discharge should not have a strong, unpleasant odor. Foul-smelling discharge can be a sign of an infection. Note the color and consistency of the discharge, and report any unusual changes to your healthcare provider.

Heavy and Prolonged Bleeding

Some bleeding is normal after an abortion, but it should gradually decrease over time. If you experience heavy bleeding that soaks through more than one sanitary pad per hour for two consecutive hours, or if you pass large blood clots, seek medical attention immediately.

Next Steps

If you’ve had an abortion and are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms—or if you’re concerned about any other aspects of your health—it’s vital to seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible.

If you’re still pregnant and considering abortion, it’s important to learn all you can to ensure you’re making a fully informed decision.

Either way, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn about all the ways we’re here to help. You’re not alone in this.

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