After Miscarriage, Non Surgical TreatmentI was always a bit afraid to have a D & C after a miscarriage.
The instruments look quite sharp and there can be complications long-term such as scarring and permanent damage to the uterus. Additionally, you must undergo surgery, anesthesia, and all of the associated costs (even if you have insurance, there's usually a hefty deductible). This article talks about a drug which can help the uterus expel the nonviable pregnancy. It certainly should be looked at as an alternative to a D & C. Read more
The study authors wrote that pregnancy failure, or miscarriage, occurs in 15 percent of pregnancies. With miscarriage, in some cases, a fetus dies in the womb, explained the study’s first author from the Epidemiology Branch of NICHD’s Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research. In other cases, a fetus may no longer be present, and women may carry a placenta and sac of amniotic fluid.
In all of these cases, the standard treatment is a surgical procedure known as vacuum aspiration. In this procedure, the cervix is dilated, and a suction device is used to remove the uterine contents.
By the end of the third day, 71 percent of the women receiving misoprostol experienced complete uterine expulsion. After 5 more days had passed, a total of 84 percent of the misoprostol group had complete uterine expulsion. The misoprostol treatment failed for 16 percent of the group, however. In contrast, 3 percent of the vacuum aspiration group experienced treatment failure, and needed to undergo the procedure a second time. Complications from either misoprostol or vacuum aspiration — uterine hemorrhage and infection of the uterine lining — were rare, occurring in less than 1 percent of each group.