When a woman suffers a pregnancy loss, the body must expel the embryonic tissues. This may occur naturally, or some type of medical intervention such as a curettage may be necessary.
Therefore, depending on whether this process occurs naturally or not, there are different types of abortion:
- Complete abortion: yes, the entire uterine content is removed.
- Incomplete abortion: embryonic remains remain in the uterus.
- Retained abortion: after the abortion, the woman does not eliminate the embryonic tissue, which is retained inside the uterus.
In the event that embryonic remains remain in the woman, it could lead to a septic abortion due to infection, for which medical intervention is necessary.