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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Missed long can you wait for natural expel?

 Peyn101 - Fri May 22, 2009 1:21 pm

I've been diagnosed with a missed miscarriage. I would have been about 12 wks but the sonogram showed 7/8 wks at time of demise. I just found out yesterday and was asked to take weekend to decide what course I want to take. I know alot of that has to do with my hard belief against surgery except in life threatening cases. How long will a provider let a patient go before ordering a D&C? I have no show, bleeding, or cramps.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:02 am

User avatar Hello,
The conservative treatment, allowing your body to eventually evacuate the products of conception, is usually effective and safe but may take between two and six weeks to be completed. Obviously, the risks associated with medications or a surgical procedure with anesthesia are avoided.

Use of medication (misoprostol)usually completes the miscarriage within a few days - again bypassing any surgical risks, though medications often have side effects.

Many women opt for D&C to complete the process quickly. After several weeks without delivery there is a risk of infection, bleeding or other complications. Your doctor should explain all the risks and benefits associated with this procedure so you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

Best wishes.




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