Can You Stop a Miscarriage?

Miscarriage is an unfortunately common event. Many women will experience a miscarriage. Even women who have carried a baby to term successfully may experience miscarriage. What makes miscarriage especially frustrating for some people is that it isn’t usually apparent what exactly caused the miscarriage.

In the vast majority of cases, once a miscarriage begins it isn’t going to stop. There are rare cases in which some of the signs of a miscarriage (known as a “threatened” miscarriage) may be due to some other problem, but these are very few and far between. Once a miscarriage begins, it will generally continue until it completes.

It’s important to recognize the signs of a miscarriage. Some of the most common signs can include lower back ache, abdominal cramping, vaginal bleeding and a discharge that can resemble a blood clot. If you experience these kinds of symptoms, it’s important that you talk to your health care provider right away. It’s likely that she’ll want to examine you, and to determine whether or not you are having a miscarriage. The diagnostic may involve a pelvic exam, blood test and probably an ultrasound, as well.

If your doctor thinks you are at risk of having a miscarriage, your health care provider may prescribe progesterone and put you on bed rest. This may help to reduce the amount of pain and bleeding you’re having, but aren’t especially likely to stop a miscarriage if it has already started.

There are some complications that can come from a miscarriage, as well. In many instances, you may need to have medical treatment. For example, if your uterus doesn’t clear out quickly enough, you might have a risk of either developing an infection or even losing too much blood. Your doctor may wish to perform a dilation and curettage, which will clear out the uterus in order to help avoid further complications.

The good news is that having a miscarriage once doesn’t mean you’ll have another one in the future. Most women who miscarry go on to have a successful pregnancy. If you have more than one miscarriage, it’s likely that there is some other problem that you should speak with your health care provider about.


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