There are several ways to remove the embryo from the uterus. Most common methods:
- Waiting until the body passes the embryo naturally, this is also called “spontaneous abortion”.
- Medication, which causes the uterus to contract and the body to expel the embryo spontaneously.
- Curettage: the embryo and any remaining tissue are surgically removed through the cervix and vagina under general anaesthesia.
Miscarriages usually happen spontaneously, without complications and without the need for medical intervention. 40% of curettages can be prevented by waiting for the body to shed the embryo (which is safe) on its own during the first week.
Miscarrying is a sad experience. Although the pregnancy is still in the early stages, plans for the future have often been made. Hearing that you are suffering a miscarriage can have a major impact.
Talk about it with those who are close to you and contact your midwife if you have any questions or problems, or would just like to get something off your chest.