Miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before the embryo or fetus can live on its own outside the uterus. It is also called early pregnancy loss or spontaneous abortion. Miscarriage is fairly common with 10-20% of all pregnancies ending in miscarriage.
The treatment option that is best for you depends on how far along you are while experiencing your miscarriage and how much bleeding you have. We will discuss the choices with you and explain the risks and benefits of each choice.
We will support you during this difficult time and provide you with the care you need depending on your treatment choice. Additionally, we will provide resources for the emotional toll of miscarriage and your future fertility options.
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1. Doing Nothing or “Wait and See”: In at least half the cases, an incomplete or inevitable miscarriage will complete itself on its own within one week. The advantage of “wait and see” is that it avoids a procedure or the use of medications.
2. Medication Abortion: You will be given a combination of medications: Mifepristone/Misoprostol. The appointment includes: the ultrasound (sonogram) to assess the stage of pregnancy, bloodwork, a review of your health history, informed consent, and what to expect during and after the procedure. The appointment may last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
3. Aspiration Abortion: The advantage of vacuum aspiration is that it rapidly removes the pregnancy tissue to complete the miscarriage.
An aspiration appointment includes: the ultrasound (sonogram) to assess stage of pregnancy, bloodwork, a review of your health history, informed consent, decision-making about sedation, what to expect during and after the procedure, performing the aspiration, and your in-clinic recovery time. The appointment may last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
Sedation is an option for this procedure. Most patients find themselves to be quite comfortable during and after, and generally do not have a recollection of the actual procedure taking place. To receive sedation prior to your procedure, you MUST have a responsible adult drive you home and a plan to remain in their care for 24 hours.