If I do miscarry what might happen next?

In many hospitals, you will then be offered a scan – to confirm you have experienced a miscarriage and to judge whether you need a small operation called an ERPC (which stands for evacuation of retained products of conception).

It sometimes takes a few days and a number of scans before you know for sure that you have lost your baby. Find out more about what happens after a miscarriage.

This can be an extremely anxious time for you, if you haven’t already told anyone about the pregnancy you may find you want a close friend to know so they can support you.


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  3. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Early miscarriage: information for you, London RCOG, 2008. Also availabe at: http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health/clinical-guidance/early-miscarriage... (accessed 27 May 2014)
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