Miscarriage: Expectant Management for Incomplete Miscarriage
Traditionally, an incomplete Reference miscarriage Opens New Window has been treated surgically with Reference dilation and curettage (D&C) Opens New Window. This practice is based on the concern that an incomplete miscarriage, in which a woman's uterus retains tissue, can lead to excessive bleeding or infection. But expectant management is a safe treatment option for many early, uncomplicated miscarriages. If you choose expectant management, your doctor will watch you closely for problems during miscarriage.
Expectant management may be a treatment choice for you if you:
- Are having a first-Reference trimester Opens New Window miscarriage.
- Have stable blood pressure and a stable heart rate.
- Are not bleeding excessively and are not Reference anemic Opens New Window.
- Do not have a fever or other signs of infection.
- Are not experiencing a high level of pain.
- Can keep frequent medical and blood work appointments during and after your miscarriage.
Some women choose medical treatment or surgical treatment (D&C) instead of expectant management. Expectant management takes longer for the miscarriage to resolve. So it takes more time for bleeding to stop.
In some cases a miscarriage that is being treated with expectant management will still require surgical treatment, such as when excessive bleeding occurs.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 18, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology