Miscarriage Treatment

Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if a pregnant woman has:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe pain

Call a doctor if a pregnant woman has:

The doctor will tell you whether to come to the office or seek emergency help.

Follow Up

The doctor will do a pelvic exam and ultrasound to confirm miscarriage. The next steps depend on the individual case:

  • If miscarriage is complete and uterus is clear or if it is very early in the pregnancy, there is usually no further treatment.
  • If some fetal or placental tissue remains in the uterus, the doctor may recommend treatment with drugs or surgery.
  • If it is later in the pregnancy and the fetus has died in the womb, the doctor will induce labor and delivery.
  • If the pregnancy is healthy despite bleeding, the doctor will monitor the woman closely.
  • Mild discomfort and spotting are common after miscarriage.
  • Call the doctor immediately for signs of infection after a miscarriage that may include heavy bleeding, fever, chills, or pain.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on September 06, 2019



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Cleveland Clinic: "Miscarriage."

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