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Although it is rare, there is a small chance that an abortion may fail to end the pregnancy or that some material may remain in the womb afterwards. It is important to be aware of these risks and what to do if you are affected.
Both medical and surgical abortions are very effective, but there is a less than 1% chance that the pregnancy may continue after a termination.
Signs of a continuing pregnancy after an abortion include:
If you suspect that you are still pregnant after a termination, you should contact the abortion clinic in London for advice. You will need to repeat the abortion in order to end the pregnancy. The doctor may recommend:
Having to repeat the abortion can be very upsetting, so it is important to seek support at the abortion clinic in London if you need it.
Even if the pregnancy has ended, there can sometimes be some material left in your womb. It is usually part of your womb lining that formed a large clot before it could be shed and so became stuck in the uterus or cervix. An incomplete abortion happens in about 5% of all abortions. You could be affected if you experience the following symptoms after the termination:
You should contact your doctor at the abortion clinic in London as soon as possible if you notice these signs of an incomplete abortion. You will need treatment right away to prevent further blood loss or other complications. The doctor may recommend:
Although these treatments use the same methods as an abortion, this is not a second termination as you are no longer pregnant.