What Are The Warning Signs of Infection After Abortion?

In the days following an abortion, it is important for women to stay in touch with their bodies and take note of any unusual or adverse reactions that may arise. 

An infection is the most common complication women face after having an abortion. 

Knowing the signs and symptoms to be aware of is critically important and could save your life. 

Signs Of A Pelvic Infection 

Everybody is unique and may experience different signs of a pelvic infection. However, the most common signs of an infection post-abortion include: 

  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Fever 
  • Feeling shaky, like you have the flu

Infections are easily treated with antibiotics but catching the infection early on is key.

Serious Complications From Infection

Sepsis is a rare but life-threatening complication that can arise from infections. According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis is when the body turns on itself when trying to fight off an infection. Warning signs for sepsis include: 

  • Change in mental status
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Sweating for no clear reason
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Shivering

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. 

Can An STD Increase My Risk For Infection?

Research suggests that women who have chlamydia or bacterial vaginosis are at higher risk for experiencing an infection following an abortion. 

Next Steps

If you’ve recently had an abortion and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, reach out to your healthcare provider to ensure your body is healing properly. 

For women struggling with an unwanted pregnancy and looking for a solution, we’re here to help. Birthright of Atlanta offers women a variety of free, confidential services, starting with a lab-quality pregnancy test, if needed. Your future matters and the decisions you make today will impact your tomorrows. 

Reach out to one of our caring staff members by calling us at 770-451-2273 or by submitting a message. Get the answers you deserve today.