How your miscarriage will be managed

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

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

Complete miscarriage

Is the most common type of early miscarriage and means the contents of your womb come away  naturally,  so the miscarriage is complete without intervention. 

Missed or delayed miscarriage

Is  a miscarriage without any symptoms  so you may not realise  that the baby has stopped growing or that anything is wrong until the loss is be discovered at a routine scan. Read more...

Incomplete miscarriage

Is a miscarriage that begins naturally, but not all the pregnancy tissues come away from the womb.  Signs of an incomplete miscarriage are prolonged bleeding and symptoms of an infection. Incomplete miscarriage needs to be treated promptly. Read more...

If you’ve had a complete miscarriage, you are likely to be advised to go home to rest and recuperate.

In all other instances, once your miscarriage has been diagnosed, it’s important to have the right management promptly. If you are displaying signs of infection or are bleeding heavily you will be admitted to hospital straight away for monitoring or treatment. Otherwise there is no urgency and you should be given the time you need for the diagnosis to sink in before making decisions.

There are three different ways of managing early miscarriage, and your doctor will advise you about the risks and benefits of each management type so that you can choose the option best suited to you.

  1.  Waiting for the miscarriage to happen by itself naturally (expectant management)
  2. Taking medicine to help things along (medical management)
  3. Having surgery to remove the pregnancy (surgical management)



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  • Sad woman talking to health professional.

    Expectant management

    Letting your miscarriage happen naturally is also called ‘expectant management.’

  • Woman's hand holding two pills.

    Medical management

    If you have a missed or incomplete miscarriage, you will be offered the option to take some medicine to help the miscarriage to get underway.

  • Woman being comforted by healthcare professional.

    Surgical management

    If the medical option hasn’t been completely successful, or if you are bleeding heavily or have an infection, you may be advised to have surgery.

  • 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

    If you lose your baby after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but before 24 weeks, this is known as a late miscarriage.


  1. NICE (2012) Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management in early pregnancy of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, clinical guideline CG154,National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  2. Stillbirth (Definition) Act 1992, Definition of stillborn child, Section 1(1), London The Stationery Office, 1992
  3. RCOG (2008) Early miscarriage: information for you, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, , 2008
  4. RCOG (2008) Bleeding and Pain in early pregnancy: information for you, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2008
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    Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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