Abortion comes with risks to your health, one of which being infection.

If you’ve recently had an abortion or are considering having one, it is critical to be aware of the warning signs you should look for that could indicate infection.

This article will cover the essentials you need to know about infection after abortion. However, if you’ve had an abortion and are experiencing concerning symptoms, go to your nearest urgent or emergency care clinic and let them know that you recently had an abortion in order to get the proper treatment.

Warning Signs that Could Indicate a Post-Abortion Infection

Both medical (the “abortion pill”) and surgical abortion can lead to an infection.

If you’ve recently had an abortion and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might have a post-abortion infection:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

These symptoms could also mean that you are experiencing another post-abortion complication, so it’s essential to seek medical guidance and, if necessary, treatment as soon as possible to protect your health.

What If I’m Struggling Emotionally After My Abortion?

Along with risks to your physical health, abortion can also cause mental health complications.

If you’ve been struggling with difficult emotions after your abortion, you’re not alone. While abortion might initially cause feelings of relief, many women face emotional challenges after their abortions—sometimes days, weeks, or even years later.

At First Care, we understand what you are going through, and we’re here to support you. Emotional recovery is possible after an abortion, and you don’t have to face this alone.

Next Steps

Regardless if you are seeking help after an abortion, or you are pregnant and wondering if abortion is the right choice for you, we’re here to help you.

We offer free, essential pregnancy services and post-abortion care because your health and well-being are important to us. Call or text us today at 612-448-9697 to connect with one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are free and confidential.