How your miscarriage will be managed

Your treatment for miscarriage will depend on the type of miscarriage you have.

Complete miscarriage

This means that the pregnancy has come away from the womb naturally, so you won’t need any further treatment after your healthcare professional has diagnosed your miscarriage.

Missed or incomplete miscarriage

An incomplete miscarriage begins naturally, but the pregnancy doesn’t come away from the womb completely. This needs to be treated right away.

Sometimes, women don’t have any symptoms of a miscarriage but it will be suspected during a routine ultrasound scan carried out as part of your antenatal care. This is called a missed or delayed miscarriage.

If you have a missed miscarriage or incomplete miscarriage, you’ll need to have treatment. There are 3 options available:

Your doctor should talk with you about what may be the best option for you. You should be given some time to think about the diagnosis and what you want to do.

Surgery may be necessary 

Ideally, how you are treated is your choice. However, you may be advised to have surgery immediately if:

• you are bleeding heavily and continuously

• there are signs of infection

• medical treatment to remove the pregnancy has been unsuccessful.

Late miscarriage

If you lose your baby after the first 3 months of your pregnancy, you may need to go through labour. Find out more about treatment for late miscarriage.

Read more about miscarriage management

  • Sad woman talking to health professional.

    Expectant management

    Expectant management is one of 3 treatment options you can have if you have a missed or incomplete miscarriage.

  • Woman's hand holding two pills.

    Medical management

    If you have a missed or incomplete miscarriage, you may be offered medicine to help the miscarriage move along.

  • Woman being comforted by healthcare professional.

    Surgical management

    Surgical management is one of 3 treatment options you can have if you have a missed or incomplete miscarriage.

  • Woman having blood pressure checked.

    Tests after miscarriage

    As the majority of couples women go on to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage, tests are not usually offered until three or more early losses have occurred in a row.

  • Woman being comforted by healthcare professional.

    Treatment of late miscarriage

    A late miscarriage may be treated differently to early miscarriages.

Sources

Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Miscarriage https://cks.nice.org.uk/miscarriage#!topicSummary (Page last reviewed May 2018 Next update due: December 2023)

NHS Choices. Miscarriage. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage/ (Page last reviewed: 01/06/2018 Next review due: 01/06/2021)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Miscarriage https://cks.nice.org.uk/miscarriage#!topicSummary (Page last reviewed May 2018 Next update due: December 2023)

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2016) Early miscarriage https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-early-miscarriage.pdf

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    Last reviewed on January 15th, 2020. Next review date January 15th, 2023.

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