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Miscarriage follow-up instructions

You should start to feel better each day after the pregnancy has been passed

Surgical or medical management in the clinic

If you choose surgical management or have medical management in the clinic where we can be sure the pregnancy has passed, you will not need a follow-up appointment.

You will be told what is expected as you recover and how to contact us if you have any problems.

Medical management at home

If you choose medical management, any pain or bleeding should have lessened or stopped completely within 7-14 days. This usually means that the treatment has been successful.

However, if the pain or bleeding have not started or are continuing or getting worse, this could signal a problem and you should contact us for a check up. You will be given a home pregnancy test to take 3 weeks after the misoprostol.

If the test is positive, you will need to contact us for an appointment.

Expectant management

If you choose expectant management, any pain or bleeding should have lessened or stopped completely within the 7-14 days. This usually means that the miscarriage has finished.

If the pain and bleeding haven’t started within the 7-14 days, or are continuing or getting worse, this could mean that the miscarriage hasn’t begun, or that it hasn’t finished.

In this case you should contact us for a check up appointment. You will be given a home pregnancy test to take after 3 weeks if your recovery is going as expected. If the test is positive, you will need to contact us for an appointment.

Important

Serious complications may have warning signs.  Contact your BPAS clinic or our Aftercare helpline 0300 333 68 28 straight away if you have:

  • heavy bleeding that soaks through 2 sanitary pads an hour for 2 hours or more in a row
  • abdominal pain or discomfort which is not helped by medication, rest, a hot water bottle or heating pad
  • a fever of 38°C or higher
  • an unpleasant smelling discharge from your vagina
  • no bleeding at all after 24 hours of taking medication (medical management)

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