When a miscarriage occurs, it is no fault of the mother carrying the fetus. The pregnancy simply was not viable and so the remaining tissue must be removed from the mother’s body. This blog post reviews three miscarriage treatment options that will not affect your ability to become pregnant again. We will be happy to provide you with more information or discuss fertility treatment for the future of your family. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and examination with one of our fertility doctors. To learn more about your fertility treatment options after miscarriage, contact our Dallas, TX practice today.
Wait for Nature
Female bodies are spectacular works of nature. They usually have the ability to do what is necessary to heal and return to normal function, without intervention. However, waiting for nature can take time. An incomplete miscarriage can take weeks for the body to completely pass the tissue, but about 90 percent of cases will fully pass. An embryonic or fetal demise miscarriage can also take weeks, and nature will take its course in about 75 percent of cases. Anembryonic or empty sac miscarriage occurs before fetal development. Natural passing of tissue only occurs 66 percent of time, without medication, and it, too, can take weeks for nature to finish her work.
Women who watch and wait can expect cramping and bleeding for up to five hours, with light bleeding continuing for a few weeks. Cramps may be treated with ibuprofen and by applying heat to the abdomen.
For incomplete and embryonic or fetal miscarriages, the drug Cytotec, also called misoprostol, will help the body pass tissue more quickly, within a week in 90 percent of cases. Misoprostol causes the tissue from an empty sac miscarriage to fully pass within a week, in about 80 percent of cases.
You will need to take the pain medication we prescribe prior to your procedure, to help with cramps and any potential pain. Suction is a brief surgical procedure that fully and immediately rids the body of tissue produced by miscarriage. We will inject pain medication around the uterus, then gently stretch the cervix and use a special, small device to physically remove the pregnancy tissue. You will rest in our office for approximately a half hour, and then have someone drive you home. Expect slight bleeding and cramps for a few days, but you can return to normal activities the day after your suction procedure.
Getting Pregnant after Miscarriage
Expert opinions vary regarding how long a woman should wait after miscarriage before becoming pregnant. Some doctors say you can begin trying again immediately, while the World Health Organization suggests waiting six months. The best way to determine what’s best for you is to visit a fertility doctor. We can help you with not only the physical aspects of pregnancy after miscarriage, but also the emotional stresses and concerns you and your partner may experience.
Schedule Your Consultation Now!
To learn more about options for treatment after miscarriage, or how and when to pursue pregnancy after a miscarriage, schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate and experienced fertility doctors.