Miscarriage of pregnancy - what are your options?

The miscarriage of a pregnancy can be an upsetting and frightening experience.  Sometimes the miscarriage is the first sign that you were pregnant.  Other times it is the painful end of a much wanted pregnancy.  In any case you will ask yourself what the next steps should be.

If you are bleeding, have strong abdominal or pelvic pain, or a fever, then you should seek immediate medical help.  Once you know that you are having a miscarriage then the process might take hours, days or even weeks.  Make sure that you are under the care of a medical professional.  You may be given medication to speed the miscarriage, or you may be offered a D&C (dilatation and curettage), or you may suggest an expectant management approach, without any intervention.

If you are experiencing discomfort with the miscarriage then you may benefit from rest; a hot water bottle over the lower abdomen can relieve symptoms of cramping.  Over the counter pain medication can also provide relief.

If you would like more information about the management of miscarriage please read this link below from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: 

Miscarriage and stillbirth - Pregnancy SOGC

At Bloor West Village Women's Clinic we offer definitive management of miscarriage through surgical D&C.  Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to speak with one of our staff.