Viewer Question:What steps should be taken after a miscarriage? Do you think it is necessary to go to the doctor?
Doctor's Response:Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of development. Greater than 95% of losses occur before the 12th completed week. When a miscarriage occurs this early, often if all of the products of conception (placenta, fetus) have passed, and if the bleeding is minimal, and if the woman experiences normal menstrual cycles, than she may not need to see a doctor.
However, if there is fever, continued bleeding, abdominal or pelvic pain, history of an ectopic pregnancy or if the woman is at increased risk for an ectopic, or if this is her third consecutive pregnancy loss, then a doctor visit is certainly warranted.
Whenever there is a doubt, a physician consultation is a good idea.
Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2002