Vaginal hemorrhage occurred in 229 (8.6%) of the cases, with a significant loss (>100 ml) in 22 (0.8%). Postoperative pelvic infection occurred in 18 (0.6%) of the cases. Hemorrhage from the ovary with hemoperitoneum formation was seen on two occasions and necessitated emergency laparotomy in one instance. A single case of pelvic haematoma formation from a punctured iliac vessel was also recorded; this settled without intervention. Of the 18 cases with infection, 9 were severe with pelvic abscess formation; microbiological examination of the pus from these cases suggests that the most common route of infection in such cases is probably by direct inoculation of vaginal organisms into the peritoneal cavity by the collecting needle.