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Possible Risks & Complications of an Abortion

Abortion in Singapore is considered one of the safest medical procedures for women, particularly in experienced hands and a well-equipped environment.

However, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved and complications (however rare) that may arise. These include:


Infections can occur as a result of bacteria or even STDs entering the reproductive organs during the procedure. This typically affects the uterine lining, genital tract, reproductive organs or the urinary system. Incomplete abortions can also result in bacterial infections.

Patients who experience a 38C fever 24 hours following an abortion surgery, accompanied by prolonged vaginal bleeding, severe cramps or abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal discharge should seek medical attention immediately.

Antibiotics are usually administered at the first sign of infection. In the event of serious infections, surgery may be recommended.

Incomplete Abortion

An incomplete abortion refers to an abortion that was only partially successful. Here, the pregnancy has been terminated, but pregnancy-related tissues have not been fully expelled from the body.

Incomplete abortions are characterized by severe cramping or abdominal pain, and prolonged and heavy bleeding. Untreated, they can lead to serious infections.

Patients who experience these symptoms must seek immediate medical attention from their Singapore abortion doctor. The womb needs to be checked via ultrasound to detect and pinpoint the location of remnant tissues. Once the remnant tissues are identified, vacuum aspiration will be conducted to remove them.

Heavy Bleeding

While lightly bleeding after an abortion surgery is normal and expected, passing large blood clots and experiencing heavy bleeding is definitely not. Heavy bleeding accompanied with light-headedness or dizziness is a serious sign of blood loss, which requires immediate medical attention.

Heavy bleeding is typically a sign of an underlying condition such as an injury, infection or incomplete abortion.

Effects on Future Pregnancies

Though an abortion is a very safe and established procedure, women go through risks each time they have an abortion. These risks include infections, perforation and repair of the uterus (which can lead to scar tissue formation) and injury to the cervix (which can lead to a weakened cervix).

Most of these complications, though rare and treatable, are avoidable by simply seeking the help of a qualified and experienced abortion doctor.

With a strong focus on women’s health, family planning and fertility, Dr. Jen Shek Wei has performed numerous safe and successful abortions in a supportive and well-equipped setting. For more information on our abortion services, please call +65 6459 2833 today.

Dr Jen Shek Wei Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

MBBS (Singapore), MMed (O&G) (Singapore), FRCOG (London), FAM (Singapore)

I am an obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 30 years’ experience in Singapore and the United Kingdom, dedicated to improving women’s reproductive health and wellbeing. From preventive care to medical and surgical treatments, I handle them all within my clinic. As a supporter of reproductive choice, I also provide abortion in Singapore that is safe, effective and confidential. At our accredited abortion clinic, patients can expect a smooth and informed process along with attentive follow-up care. Whatever the purpose of visit, I will be happy to serve you to the best of my ability.

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