What is an Incomplete Miscarriage?  
An Asian American Woman lies in a hospital bed after an incomplete miscarriage

Genetic variances, chromosomal problems, or maternal health conditions can lead to miscarriage, or pregnancy loss before twenty weeks. Suffering through a miscarriage can be both physically and emotionally challenging, but it is relatively common, affecting up to 20% of known pregnancies. Miscarriage often occurs before a woman is even aware she is pregnant and is often mistaken for a routine menstrual period. Most miscarriages occur in the first three months of pregnancy.

What is an Incomplete Miscarriage?

During a miscarriage, the cervix dilates and blood, fluid, and fetal tissue are passed from the body through the vagina until no pregnancy tissue remains in the womb. In most cases, the tissue will pass on its own over the course of a few hours to a few days.

Sometimes, the body has trouble passing the pregnancy tissue and it remains in the womb. This is called an incomplete miscarriage. It can be hard to detect an incomplete miscarriage as the signs and symptoms are typically the same as a complete miscarriage: back pain, cramping, abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and loss of pregnancy symptoms like breast tenderness or morning sickness. Without treatment, an incomplete miscarriage can lead to prolonged bleeding, excessive bleeding, or even infection which can be a serious medical condition.

These same symptoms can also occur after an abortion if not all of the tissue is removed. Diagnosis and treatment will follow similar procedures whether the pregnancy was lost through spontaneous miscarriage or abortion.

It is important to note that in some rare cases, a miscarriage is not passed at all. This occurs when the pregnancy is no longer viable but the cervix does not dilate and bleeding does not begin on its own. Different from an incomplete miscarriage, this is called a missed miscarriage.

How Are Incomplete Miscarriages Treated?

The same woman has her hand held by her doctor after an incomplete misscarriage

The most important first step is getting a diagnosis from your trusted healthcare provider, if you suspect you had any form of miscarriage. Only a qualified healthcare professional can diagnose an incomplete miscarriage. It is important to schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN as soon as possible if you believe you may not have passed all the tissue after a miscarriage.

There are two steps in diagnosing an incomplete miscarriage: first, your doctor will need to confirm that you are or have been miscarrying, and then, they will need to confirm if some pregnancy tissue remains in the womb. Incomplete miscarriage is diagnosed through a combination of tests such as a pelvic exam, fetal heart monitoring, a quantitative hCG blood test, and/or ultrasound. Some tests are conducted to confirm the miscarriage, while others help your provider see any tissue that has been left behind. Your provider will likely also ask questions about your signs and symptoms, including when you began bleeding.

Treatment varies depending on the unique circumstances for every patient, and may include:

  • waiting for your body passes the tissue on it is own, without intervention
  • dilation and curettage (D&C), a surgical procedure to remove any remaining tissue 
  • administration of misoprostol, a medication to medically remove the tissue

While most patients do have the option to wait and see if the tissue passes on its own, some patients choose either medical or surgical treatment to avoid prolonging the miscarriage. Patients who experience an infection as a complication of an incomplete miscarriage may need additional treatment, such as oral or IV antibiotics or, in rare cases, even hospitalization and inpatient treatment. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which approach is best for your situation.

It is important to know that surgical treatment of a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are legal in Wisconsin.

Coping with an Incomplete Miscarriage

Losing a pregnancy affects each woman differently. While some women experience incredible and debilitating grief, others do not experience those same feelings. There is no right way or wrong way to feel after an incomplete miscarriage; whether you are grieving or not, it is perfectly normal. It is also important to understand that women may grieve separate miscarriages in different ways.

The woman gives a mournful smile while speaking with her doctor after an incomplete miscarriage

The stages of grief that you might experience – not necessarily in this order – include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It can take weeks, months, or in some cases years to work through grief after loss. It is worth mentioning that grief is a highly individual and personal experience, and not everyone will go through these stages in the same way or in a linear fashion. Some people may also experience additional stages or different variations of these stages. It is essential to remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve or to deal with a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Seeking support from loved ones or professionals can be beneficial during the process.

It is important to care for your physical and emotional health after any type of miscarriage. Some of the steps you can take as you work through the stages of grief include:

  • Honoring the life that was lost. Choosing a name, holding a small, private ceremony, or planting a tree in their memory are a few ways to honor the life that was lost.
  • Leaning on your partner. If you have a partner, remember that they too are likely experiencing complicated feelings following the miscarriage. Include your partner in decisions and lean on them for emotional support. Respect their individual way of grieving. 
  • Seek counseling. Mental health support while you work through the stages of grief can help you manage and cope with your feelings.
  • Look for nonprofit support. There are a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide free resources and support after miscarriage.

While Willow Womens Center in Beloit, WI, does not treat for miscarriages, we do provide free pregnancy-related and educational services. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to support you through every stage of your journey. Whether you are seeking pregnancy testing, options counseling, or post-abortion care, we provide confidential and non-judgmental care. Take control of your health and well-being today. Contact Willow Womens Center at 608-312-2025 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Your care and comfort are our top priorities. Reach out now and let us be your trusted partner. 


Postpartum Depression Self Care   
A mother suffering from postpartum depression is learning about overcoming postpartum depression

Feeling a wide range of emotions after childbirth, including joy, excitement, love, stress, anxiety, relief, irritability, mood swings, sadness, loneliness, and exhaustion is normal. But for some new moms, these feelings of exhaustion and loneliness are accompanied by worrisome symptoms and do not let up after a few weeks. In these cases, postpartum depression might be the culprit.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression or PPD is a form of depression that can come on after childbirth. It is a serious medical condition that can affect a new mom’s physical and mental health.

Coming home from the hospital can be challenging for new moms, especially if a pregnancy was unplanned, they had a difficult childbirth, or they do not have the support or resources they need to care for a new baby. 

The mother holds her baby while she researches about overcoming postpartum depression

While you might feel alone experiencing depression after childbirth, it is more common than you might think. According to the American Psychological Association, up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression after having a baby. This means that even if they have not talked about it, there are likely other women in your family, friend group, or workplace who have gone through the same thing.

PPD can occur at any time during the first year after childbirth, but it is most common in the first few weeks or months.

Postpartum depression presents differently in everyone, but common signs and symptoms include:

  • feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
  • not feeling a bond or immediate connection with your baby
  • feeling anxious or worried
  • having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • having no interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • losing your appetite or eating too much
  • feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Postpartum depression is treatable, and with the right treatment, you can feel better.

5 Reasons You May Experience Postpartum Depression

The exact cause of postpartum depression is unknown, but researchers believe it is caused by a combination of factors, including:

  1. Hormonal changes. After childbirth, there are significant hormonal changes that occur in your body. These changes — such as a drop in estrogen and progesterone levels — can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
  2. Sleep deprivation. New moms often get little sleep, which can contribute to fatigue, irritability, and depression.
  3. Lifestyle changes. Having a baby can be a major life change, so physical and emotional changes can follow.
  4. Medical conditions. Some medical conditions such as thyroid problems can increase the risk of postpartum depression.
  5. Personal or family history of depression. If you or someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with depression in the past, it might put you at a higher risk of developing postpartum depression.

Certain risk factors such as financial problems, a lack of social support, or a history of trauma or abuse can increase your risk of PPD. If you believe you are at higher risk of developing PPD, there are steps you can take in advance to help reduce that likelihood. Talk to your doctor, get prenatal and postpartum care, build a strong support network, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and get help if you start to feel overwhelmed.

It is important to start as early as possible. Pregnancy options clinics can help by connecting you with local resources that can offer financial assistance, social networking, medical care, parenting classes, and supplies. 

4 Self-Care Tips for Overcoming Postpartum Depression

Effective treatment for postpartum depression often involves a combination of approaches, including psychotherapy, medication, support groups, lifestyle changes, and safety plans. Psychotherapy can help you understand why you think, feel, and behave the way you do and develop coping mechanisms to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having a new baby.

The mother and her baby are smiling after doing research about overcoming postpartum depression

There are many different providers, formats, and types of psychotherapy — including online and evening options — so you can find one that works well for you.

  1. Prescriptions – Medications can help balance your hormone levels, reduce your anxiety, and improve your mood and energy. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, so they can make sure any prescribed medications are safe for both you and the baby.
  2. Find Support – Support groups provide a safe place to talk to other women who are going through the same thing, which can be helpful as you adjust to these changes in your body and lifestyle.
  3. Lifestyle Changes – getting enough rest, eating foods that nourish your body, drinking plenty of water, taking vitamins, and exercising regularly — can improve your mood and energy levels. In many cases, new moms have to ask for help from friends and family members to take time to care for themselves, and that is okay.
  4. Planning – safety plans ensure you know what steps to take if you are thinking about harming yourself or your baby. They typically include warning signs, coping mechanisms, people who can help, and resources that can help. Work with your doctor or psychiatrist to develop a plan in case you feel hopeless or overwhelmed. While everyone’s experience is unique, most women start to feel better a few weeks or months after beginning treatment for PPD.

If you think you may be facing an unplanned pregnancy, get the support and early intervention you deserve at Willow Womens Center. From free pregnancy testing to early ultrasound, STI screening, and free diapers for new moms, our team provides compassionate services, caring for you and reducing your risk of PPD. Schedule an appointment at Willow Womens Center in Beloit, WI, today to get the services you need to stay healthy. If you think you may suffer from any depression symptoms, it is important that you reach out to your primary care provider to discuss the next best step for your personal situation. 


Blood vs Urine Pregnancy Test: What’s the Difference? 
a woman looks at a urine pregnancy test - she had to make a choice between a blood vs urine pregnancy test

There are two common kinds of tests to detect pregnancy: blood tests and urine tests. Let’s explore the difference between the two.

Understanding How Pregnancy Tests Work

In order to understand how pregnancy tests work, it is important to understand what happens in your body when you become pregnant. About two weeks after the first day of your last period, a mature egg is released from your ovary. If you have unprotected sex within 24 hours of ovulation and a sperm reaches the egg, conception occurs. Six to 11 days later, the fertilized egg implants in the endometrium, or the lining of your uterus. About six days after that, or around the day you would expect your next period to begin, your body begins to produce the hormone hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, and releases it into both your blood and urine. This hormone is important as it stimulates the production of progesterone, which is necessary to sustain a pregnancy.

Pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of hCG in your blood or urine.

Differences Between Blood and Urine Pregnancy Tests

Blood and urine pregnancy tests have both similarities and differences. Below, we will discuss those similarities and differences.

Purpose

Both blood and urine pregnancy tests are used to detect pregnancy. However, because blood tests can measure the amount of hCG present in the bloodstream, they can also be used to determine gestational age, monitor for fetal loss, detect a possible ectopic pregnancy, and diagnose other medical conditions that cause hCG production.

Administration

blood test for pregnancy -  blood vs urine pregnancy test

Blood pregnancy tests require venipuncture – or inserting a needle into a vein to draw blood – which may be accompanied by slight pain or discomfort. Urine pregnancy tests are not uncomfortable; you will simply collect a small amount of urine in a cup or on a stick according to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the at-home test you have selected.

While blood tests must be ordered and administered by a medical provider and tested in a lab, urine tests can be ordered by a medical provider and tested in a lab or purchased over the counter and self-administered at home.

Cost

Tests administered at your provider’s office are more expensive than over-the-counter tests. The most affordable pregnancy test is one you can purchase over the counter and administered yourself. If you do elect to go to the doctor, urine pregnancy tests are more affordable than blood pregnancy tests. Pregnancy options clinics like Willow Womens Center usually offer free testing.

Results

It may take longer to get the results from a blood test than it does to receive results from an over-the-counter or urine pregnancy test. In most cases, you will have the results from a urine pregnancy test within a few minutes.

Accuracy of Blood vs Urine Pregnancy Tests

Although comfort, convenience, and affordability are all advantages of at-home urine tests, blood tests are sometimes used because they provide earlier results, improved accuracy when testing before your missed period, and more detailed quantitative information. This kind of information can be helpful for women who are facing high-risk pregnancies, who need treatment to sustain a pregnancy, or who suspect they may be experiencing a miscarriage. It can also be helpful for providers working to diagnose other medical conditions that involve hCG production.

In the vast majority of cases, a urine pregnancy test is recommended. Urine pregnancy tests are most accurate on or after the day you miss your period. Accuracy increases substantially with each day after a missed period due to the increase in hCG levels that occurs at that point in the pregnancy. Taking a urine pregnancy test right away in the morning when your urine is most concentrated can also help improve accuracy.

Blood tests can detect hCG almost as soon as you begin producing it; just 6-8 days after ovulation or around a week before your missed period.

When to Take a Blood or Urine Pregnancy Test

Women who are trying to conceive may choose to take a pregnancy test before they experience any signs or symptoms of pregnancy. In this case, a blood pregnancy test can be taken about a week after ovulation (or three weeks after the first day of your last period if you have a 28-day cycle) and a urine pregnancy test can be taken the day of or the day after your missed period.

In other cases, pregnancy is not planned and symptoms lead to suspicions and testing. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms after birth control failure or unprotected sex, consider taking a pregnancy test or scheduling a free test at Willow Womens Center:

  • Sensitive, sore breasts. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy often lead to breast soreness and discomfort in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
  • A missed period. If you normally have regular periods and you didn’t get it when you expected to, it’s an indication that you may be pregnant.
  • Exhaustion. While causes are unknown, early pregnancy often leads to fatigue and exhaustion, making it a common sign of pregnancy.
  • Nausea. While it’s often called ‘morning sickness,’ nausea that accompanies pregnancy can happen at any time of the day and doesn’t have to be accompanied by vomiting.
  • Frequent urination. More frequent urination is a sign that your kidneys are processing more fluid than usual – an indication that you might be pregnant.

Other less common signs and symptoms of pregnancy include cramping, mood swings, light spotting, food aversions, and bloating. Many of these symptoms can also accompany your menstrual period, so it is important to take a test to confirm a suspected pregnancy.

The sooner you know about an unexpected pregnancy, the more options you have available to you and the more time you have to learn about the options available to you and make an informed decision. For free pregnancy testing, early ultrasound, pregnancy options counseling, and more, schedule an appointment with the team at Willow Womens Center today.


How to Take Care of Yourself After an Abortion

Having an abortion may have turned out to be more challenging than you expected it to be, and self-care is critically important afterward.

If you are recovering from a medical or surgical abortion, you are not alone. Research reveals that in the United States, 24% of women aged 15 to 44 years will have an abortion by age 45.

What can you do to improve your healing process after an abortion? Read on to learn more about how to care for yourself physically and emotionally while you are recovering from an abortion.

How to Take Care of Yourself After an Abortion 

Whether you had a medical or surgical abortion, self-care is essential so you can recover and thrive. Self-care during this time includes resting, drinking plenty of fluids, eating healthy foods, and incorporating anything healthy and comforting to you. 

If you were prescribed antibiotics, take all the pills until they are gone to prevent infection. And take antinausea and pain medication as directed. 

Remember that you can get pregnant very quickly after an abortion, so take precautions to prevent another unexpected pregnancy. 

You are valuable and deserve to care for yourself physically and emotionally.

1. How to Care for Yourself Physically After Abortion 

After an abortion, you need to know which physical side effects are expected and which symptoms indicate a complication requiring immediate medical attention. First, we will discuss common side effects after abortion and how to take care of yourself if you experience them. 

  • Bleeding

Some women have minimal bleeding after a surgical abortion because surgical instruments are used on the uterine lining. But on average, post-abortion bleeding lasts 14 days and can last as long as six weeks. Passing small blood clots is normal, and you may notice that bleeding increases if you are more active.

Try to physically get as much rest as you can for the first day or two after an abortion. Also, avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for about one week.

Use pads for the bleeding since most healthcare professionals recommend not putting anything into your vagina for two weeks, including tampons. This is to prevent infection while waiting for your cervix to close after having an abortion.

  • Cramping

Your uterus needs to return to its pre-pregnancy size, so uncomfortable cramping is normal after an abortion.

For cramping relief, you can take Ibuprofen or Tylenol as directed. Do not take aspirin because it can increase bleeding. A heating pad on your abdomen can also relieve cramping pain. 

Uterine massage is another effective way to alleviate cramping. To do uterine massage, press the palm of your hand into your abdomen and rub in a circular motion.

Post-abortion cramping can come and go for about 7 to 10 days. As with post-abortion bleeding, cramps may increase with activity so listen to your body and pace yourself.

  • Nausea/Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting for the first 24 hours after abortion is common and may also be accompanied by diarrhea.  

To help with these symptoms, you can eat small, bland, starchy meals such as dry toast or crackers. It may also help to have beverages on hand with extra electrolytes.

The following symptoms are NOT normal after an abortion. If you experience them, seek out medical care immediately.

  • Heavy bleeding: soaking two or more maxi pads an hour for two hours or passing clots larger than a golf ball for two hours or more
  • Severe abdominal or back pain: pain not relieved with pain medication
  • Fever over 100.4°: may indicate a serious infection that has spread to your bloodstream or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Odorous vaginal discharge: a sign of infection
  • Nausea and vomiting for more than 24 hours after the abortion:
  • You still have pregnancy symptoms two weeks after the abortion: could indicate a failed abortion if you are still experiencing signs of pregnancy two weeks after your abortion

2. How to Care for Yourself Emotionally After Abortion

There is not a correct way to feel after an abortion. Feelings of relief, sadness, or a combination of many conflicting emotions are normal. You have not only just made one of the most difficult decisions you have ever faced, but your body is experiencing physical symptoms as your hormone levels shift suddenly, which can cause you to feel extra emotional.

Research indicates that abortion is associated with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders compared to women without a history of abortion. If you notice that you are having difficulty coping after an abortion, help is available for you. If a supportive family member or friend is not available, there are other resources to get the help you need.

Push yourself to reach out for help – even if you may not feel like seeking support at the moment. The sooner you can address post-abortion emotional difficulties, the quicker you can get on your path to recovery.

You can reach confidential hotlines for mental health support at SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or via text message: 435748 (HELP4U). It is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service in English and Spanish.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself, take it seriously and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. What you are feeling is temporary, and with compassionate support and over time things will improve!

Need Support After Abortion?

If you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant or need support after abortion, Willow Womens Center is here for you. From the moment you walk into our center, you will recognize an atmosphere of care that will never include judgment for any decision you make – or have already made. Instead, our role is to compassionately come alongside you and provide you with the answers you need so you can take informed next steps for yourself.

You will never be charged for any services we offer at Willow Womens Center. Pregnancy testing, education, ultrasounds, and STI testing are all at no cost to you and designed to empower you.

Get the caring support you deserve and make your confidential appointment today.


What Are the Different Types of Abortion?
woman considers the different types of abortions

Have you discovered you are pregnant, but you were not expecting it? Many women understand what you are going through because 45% – nearly half – of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Deciding what to do about an unexpected pregnancy may be one of the most difficult decisions you have ever faced. And educating yourself about each pregnancy option, including parenting, adoption, and abortion, is crucial. It helps you make a decision without regret, one that you can look back on years down the road and know that you made the best decision for yourself with the right information.

If you are considering abortion, it is good to have all the facts before moving forward, so we are glad you are here. Read on to learn about the different types of abortion, when they are typically offered, and potential risks.

What Are the Different Types of Abortion?

There are two types of abortion available: medical abortion and surgical abortion. A healthcare provider will consider factors such as your health and how far along you are in your pregnancy to know which abortion option is available to you for your specific situation.

We will discuss each type of abortion next to help you understand them better.

Medical Abortion

You may have heard a medical abortion referred to as a medication abortion, the abortion pill, or RU-486, but they are all terms used to describe an abortion using medication rather than a surgical procedure.

When can you have a medical abortion?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the abortion pill for medical abortions up to seventy days since the first day of your last period (LMP).

Are there reasons medical abortion is not an option?

Yes, there are situations when a healthcare professional may tell you that you cannot have a medical abortion.

Medical abortion is not an option if you:

  • Are being pressured or coerced into having an abortion.
  • Do not have access to medical care in case of complications.
  • Are too far along in your pregnancy.
  • Have a pregnancy outside of your uterus, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Have an untreated sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  • Are allergic to abortion medications.
  • Have certain medical conditions.
  • Take certain medications like blood thinners or steroids.

What happens during a medical abortion?

During a medical abortion, you will take two different medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

You will first take mifepristone to block your body from producing the progesterone hormone. Blocking progesterone causes the embryo’s heart to stop beating and it will detach from the uterine lining.

The second medication, misoprostol, is taken approximately 24 hours later. Misoprostol causes your uterus to contract, so the embryo is expelled to end the pregnancy.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms during a medical abortion may include:

  • Heavy uterine cramps
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding, including blood clots
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Low-grade fever (under 101°)
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore breasts
  • Drowsiness
  • Visualizing the gestational sac or embryo when it passes

Surgical Abortion

A surgical abortion is performed in a clinic or hospital. There are three different types of surgical abortions, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Surgical abortions include vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage (D&C), and dilation and evacuation (D&E).

1. Vacuum aspiration abortion

A vacuum aspiration abortion is used during the first trimester of pregnancy (the first twelve weeks), and it is the most common surgical abortion procedure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 91% of women have abortions at thirteen weeks of pregnancy or less.

Some clinics use the vacuum aspiration procedure up to 14-16 weeks after the first day of your last period.

The procedure takes about ten to fifteen minutes to perform. Manual aspiration involves the use of a specially designed syringe to apply suction. When using a machine vacuum, a thin tube (cannula) is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a vacuum. The cannula is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is removed from the uterus.

Both approaches may also involve the use of a cervical dilator inserted into the cervix the day before the procedure to dilate (open) the cervix. Antibiotics may be given as well to prevent infection.

2. D&C abortion

A D&C abortion is usually performed between twelve and fifteen weeks of pregnancy. During a D&C abortion, curette instruments are used after vacuum aspiration to remove anything remaining in your uterus. A D&C abortion also takes about ten to fifteen minutes.

3. D&E abortion

Once you are beyond sixteen weeks of pregnancy, the clinic or hospital will typically perform a D&E abortion.

Your cervix needs to be prepared before the procedure, so the provider will insert dilating sticks called laminaria into your cervix the day before a D&E abortion.

On the day of the D&E abortion, numbing medication is used, and your cervix will be stretched open further with dilating rods. This is done since the fetus is larger and needs room to pass.

The provider then uses a combination of suction, curettes, and forceps to complete the abortion. The D&E abortion lasts about thirty minutes.

You may go home with pain medication and antibiotics after any type of surgical abortion.

What Are the Risks Associated With Having an Abortion?

Abortion risks increase the further along you are in your pregnancy. Before moving forward with any medication or procedure, it is important to do your research. For a medical or surgical abortion, possible risks include:

  • Life-threatening infection
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Hemorrhage (excessive bleeding)
  • Incomplete abortion, requiring another procedure
  • Future infertility – inability to get pregnant when ready or to carry a pregnancy to term successfully
  • Mental health challenges

When To Seek Medical Attention After an Abortion

Trust your gut. If you are concerned about anything at all, speak with a healthcare professional.

Seek immediate medical attention after an abortion if you:

  • Have pain worse than a period or when the pain is not alleviated by over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Have a fever over 100.4° or flu-like symptoms.
  • Are passing clots larger than a golf ball.
  • Are soaking two maxi pads every hour for two consecutive hours.
  • Vomit for more than four hours.
  • Have increased vaginal discharge or odorous discharge.
  • Still feel pregnant a week or two after the abortion.

Get the Support You Deserve

Coping with an unexpected pregnancy can be scary and hard. At Willow Womens Center, we offer compassionate medical care and support during this challenging time.

Our licensed healthcare professionals are here to provide pregnancy medical services that will give you the answers you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.

Contact us today for your confidential appointment.