Incomplete abortion is defined as the presence of retained products of conception with no well-defined gestation sac. It is a potentially life-threatening condition that without well-timed and proper treatment can lead to severe complications such as haemorrhagic shock, sepsis, and death.
South Africa currently only provides for medical abortion in the private sector – however, the National Department of Health is finalising guidelines for implementation in the public sector. Given the demand for abortion services by women, the limited accessibility of surgical abortion there is a need to make medical abortion services available. This should address illegalmedical abortion providers currently advertising on lamppostsin public areas and the concerning maternal mortality rates.