Definition - What does Natural Miscarriage mean?
A natural miscarriage is a form of miscarriage management when the tissue formed during an unsuccessful pregnancy is expelled on its own without any medical intervention (medication or surgery).
There are many reasons why a woman can miscarry but having a miscarriage does not typically affect a person’s future fertility.
A natural miscarriage can also be referred to as the process of expectant management.
FertilitySmarts explains Natural Miscarriage
First trimester miscarriages are relatively common; in fact, a study by BCM Pregnancy and Childbirth has shown that 43% of women who have given birth reported having at least one first trimester spontaneous miscarriages.
After the diagnosis of miscarriage, there are three options when it comes to its management:
- Waiting for a natural miscarriage
- Taking medication to speed up the miscarriage
- Having dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure
Infection and bleeding which may dictate the particular form of treatment that is necessary.
Natural miscarriages can take days to weeks to happen, and the bleeding might last up to 2 weeks. The process has been likened to a heavy and crampy period which can be very painful. Visiting a medical practitioner may be required to ensure that hormone levels have returned to normal and that the products of conception have been cleared.
Natural miscarriages, like many other procedures, have their pros and their cons. Their benefits include no possible complications from medication, it is the least invasive option and having more privacy during an often sensitive time.
Some of the associated negatives include an increased risk of bleeding and infection and the possibility that a D&C will still be necessary.