A miscarriage is one of the most difficult experiences that women can face during their life. While mothers have never met them, it feels the same as losing a child. During this heart-wrenching experience, women and their partners can become upset, angry and emotionally distraught. Being unable to know why it happened or if you will be able to conceive again only makes the experience worse.
While most women know that a miscarriage can cause bleeding, many women are unsure of what else to expect. Miscarriage bleeding can vary from one woman to another and from one pregnancy to the next. We will cover the normal experience of miscarriage bleeding, but remember that your doctor is the only one who can diagnose you. This article is for informational purposes only, so remember to always go to your doctor if bleeding is heavier than you are comfortable with or you experience other symptoms.
What Is Miscarriage Bleeding Like?
One of the most obvious signs that you are having a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be light and seem like spotting. In other instances, women may have bleeding that is much heavier than their normal period. Bleeding may last for just a few days, or it can go on for several weeks. Depending on how far along you are, they may be blood clots or tissue as well. Some women will experience light cramping or cramping that is similar to contractions. Other women do not experience any signs that they have miscarried only discover the miscarriage during their routine ultrasound.
Often, bleeding and cramping are worse if you are farther along in your pregnancy. When you are farther along, there is more tissue that your body has to release in order to prepare for your next menstrual cycle. It is important that you always go to your doctor during a miscarriage because any tissue that is not expelled from the body can cause an infection or other complications. Your doctor may just want to watch and wait for the miscarriage to happen, or they may want to do a surgical procedure to remove the rest of the tissue.
How Long Does Miscarriage Bleeding Normally Last?
The duration of bleeding depends entirely on your unique physical chemistry and how far along you are. It may take only a few days to finish, or it could end up lasting for several weeks. If you soak more than one pad in an hour, then you need to go to the doctor immediately. This indicates that you could be hemorrhaging, so you need immediate medical care. If you are hemorrhaging, your doctor may need to give you a blood transfusion or perform a surgery to make sure that you remain healthy.
You should not use tampons during a miscarriage. The opening of your cervix is wider while you are miscarrying, which means that you have a higher risk of an infection. You should also avoid having sex or using douches at this time. Using pads is also a good idea because it will also help you to judge how much blood you are losing easily.
When Should You Start to Worry About a Miscarriage?
As a rule, it is a good idea to go to your doctor if you think you are miscarrying. If you have not miscarried, your doctor can help you keep the pregnancy going if it is possible to do so. Even if the miscarriage is inevitable, your doctor can monitor your condition and make sure there are not any complications.
Miscarriage bleeding that lasts for longer than two weeks is a sign that you should go to your doctor. This bleeding could mean that you are having an incomplete miscarriage and some of the tissue has not been expelled. Your doctor may do an ultrasound to see if tissue remains. From that ultrasound, your doctor will decide if you need a surgical procedure to correct an incomplete miscarriage.
What Does It Mean to Have an Incomplete Miscarriage?
When the baby dies in the uterus, your body does not always get rid of the placenta or fetus properly. If your body is having a difficult time removing all of the products of conception, then the miscarriage is considered to be incomplete. Your doctor will look for certain symptoms to see if your miscarriage is incomplete or not They may do an ultrasound to see if tissue remains in the uterus, or they may check to see if the cervix is still dilated.
In many cases, an incomplete miscarriage will be naturally corrected by the body over time. There are times when the woman’s body may retain the fetus or placenta even though she is currently cramping and bleeding. If the miscarriage is incomplete and the body does not self-correct, then the doctor may give special medications or a surgical procedure to make sure that the process has completed.
A “missed miscarriage” is not the same as an incomplete miscarriage. With a missed miscarriage, the pregnancy is no longer viable, but the body has not expelled it from the body. When this happens, bleeding is light or non-existent as the cervix remains completely closed.
Signs of an Incomplete Miscarriage
Women who are going through an incomplete miscarriage will still experience cramping or bleeding like a normal miscarriage. In some cases, women may experience symptoms like water retention or flu-like symptoms. Bleeding and cramping may continue for weeks, which is an indicator that there is still additional tissue that has not been expelled by the body yet.
Treating an Incomplete Miscarriage
If your doctor has found that some of the tissue from the miscarriage remains in your body, he may want to do a procedure called dilation and curettage, or D&C. At the start of the procedure, you are placed under general anesthesia so that you do not feel it at all. The entire procedure is extremely quick and removes any of the tissue that remains. Once the surgery is complete, you may start to feel better as soon as you wake up. Your doctor may want to prescribe medication instead that has the same effect. Before you do either procedure, make sure that yosu talk the risks over with your doctor. You should also make sure to pay attention to the follow-up care instructions so that your body heals properly.