Temperature in medical abortion
Many women ask the following questions: What is the average temperature after medical abortion? How long can a fever last? What fever is dangerous?
We will try to answer these questions in this section.
A subfebrile fever (37.0-37.5 C) (98.6-99.5 F) after medical abortion may persist for several weeks and should not cause alarm or require treatment. This temperature is maintained thanks to the increased progesterone in the woman’s blood. Progesterone after an abortion may remain elevated for another 10-14 days, but its concentration gradually drops to a minimum.
It should be noted that a fever of more than 38.0 C (100.4 F) and remaining high for more than a day may indicate an infectious inflammatory process (pyo-inflammatory severe complications, like: endometritis, salpingo-oophoritis or adnexitis, pelvic-peritonitis). These are health and life threatening conditions!
Therefore, if you have any of these symptoms, see your gynecologist as soon as possible. It would help if you did not try to lower the temperature with drugs or other means – your efforts will only delay the inflammation diagnosis and aggravate the condition. Do not start in time infections and inflammation threatens comprehensive treatment such as abortion, a severe complication as infertility. Moreover, adequate and timely treatment practically nullifies the infertility possibility.
In 10-14 days after the bleeding begins, you must consult a gynecologist for a control ultrasound. This ensures that the gestational sac is the uterine cavity entirely out.
Retained amniotic fluid or blood clots in the uterine cavity are suitable substrates for the pathogens’ multiplication, leading to severe consequences.