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Are there treatment options for miscarriage?

Dr. Mark Perloe, MD
Fertility Specialist

Following a complete miscarriage, it is advisable to monitor the hCG pregnancy hormone level until it drops to an undetectable level to avoid complications from incomplete resolution of the pregnancy. If you have persistent heavy bleeding, pain or fever, consult with your physician. 

If you have had previous pregnancy losses, you should consider seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to evaluate issues that may increase the risk of subsequent pregnancy loss such as uterine malformation, blood clotting disorders, insulin resistance, infection, genetic abnormalities, thyroid disorders or age related infertility. Once an evaluation is completed you can determine what steps might be taken to reduce your risk of future pregnancy loss.

If your doctor believes a miscarriage is to be expected, then you have a few treatment options. You can allow the miscarriage to occur as it naturally would, though it may not happen for a few weeks, and it may mean that you experience bleeding while the process takes place. And since all the pregnancy related tissues leave the body, there shouldn't be any need for medical treatment to remove it.

If waiting is unsettling for you, you might decide to take medication to prompt labor and, thus, the miscarriage, or have a surgical procedure, such as a suction dilation and curettage, performed to remove the tissues from the uterus.

If you experience any signs of complication, excessive pain and bleeding, fever, chills, racing heart rate or low blood pressure consult your physician.

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