Miscarriages are scary, upsetting and can cause severe complications. When a woman miscarries, it can result in an immediate hospitalization in rare cases, or it may pass without the need for medical interference.
Women always ask, “How long does a miscarriage last?”
And the answer to this question isn’t always cut and dry. Every pregnancy and miscarriage is different, so an exact duration will vary from one woman to another.
Table of Contents
- How Long Does a Miscarriage Last?
- How Long Does Miscarriage Bleeding Last?
- When Will My Period Return?
- Dos and Don’ts Following Miscarriage
- Reasons for Miscarriages
How Long Does a Miscarriage Last?
Miscarriages can last anywhere from one day to three weeks. But this figure is a little misleading. When a patient is pregnant and they miscarry, they will normally pass the placenta within a few hours at most. This occurs when a woman has severe cramps and will result in the most blood being expelled.
For most women, this can happen at any time, and may even start and finish at home. Doctors can also help a woman finish the miscarriage by passing the pregnancy tissue through what is called dilation and curettage. It’s important that all of the tissue is removed.
There are also cases when not a lot of bleeding will occur at all. in some cases, the embryo is absorbed into the body, which will result in little blood being passed.
A general rule of thumb to determine the severity of the miscarriage is to know how long you’ve been pregnant. The later in a pregnancy, the more blood and pain will occur with a normal miscarriage.
How long does a miscarriage last in total? Up to 3 weeks only because the tissue may still need to be expelled. In terms of the embryo being expelled, this often occurs within a few hours – so there is little to be done at this point. If you suspect that you’re having a miscarriage, you’ll want to call your doctor immediately.
How Long Does Miscarriage Bleeding Last?
A woman’s body will go on a rollercoaster ride when a miscarriage occurs, and it is very taxing on the woman. Even in early pregnancy, the cramps can be extremely intense followed by a decent amount of blood lost in the process.
Doctors state that miscarriage bleeding will last up to two weeks.
It’s important to note that the bleeding should start off intense and taper off over time. If you’re experiencing the same amount of blood loss day after day, you’ll want to call your physician and get a thorough examination.
When Will My Period Return?
Following a miscarriage, your body will begin to stop producing the immense amount of hormones that it does when pregnant. But the hormones will reside in the body for some time, delaying your period.
Most women will have their period return after 6 weeks.
In the event that your period has not returned in this timespan, it’s important that you go to your doctor. There may be tissue left over or another condition that is stopping your period from returning.
Dos and Don’ts Following Miscarriage
You may be eager to do some things following miscarriage that can lead to further issues occurring.
1. Don’t Use Tampons
This is not your period. You need all of the blood to come out. When you have a miscarriage, you’ll also need to monitor the amount of blood lost as a safety precaution. If you use a tampon, you won’t be able to monitor this blood flow. Pads allow you to monitor blood loss.
If you need to change your pads every hour, you may be at risk of hemorrhaging, and will want to go to the emergency room or your doctor immediately.
2. Do Remain Confident That You Can Conceive
The majority of women that have miscarried will be able to have a child in the future. Doctors state that if you miscarried the first time you’ve gotten pregnant or you already have given birth in the past, there is more than a 90% chance that you will be able to have a child.
Unless a medical issue is causing you to miscarry, there is always a chance of going full-term.
Doctors also state that even after several miscarriages, a woman still has an 85% chance of going full-term.
3. Don’t Try to Conceive Too Quickly
For the longest time, doctors would tell women to wait at least 3 months before they tried to get pregnant again. This information has since changed. Recent studies have shown that there is no reason to wait 3 months.
Instead, doctors recommend that a woman goes through one full menstrual cycle before she tries to get pregnant again.
When you have gone through a full cycle again, your hormones should have returned to normal levels, allowing you to try getting pregnant again. If you had a serious miscarriage that involved hospital stays or doctor intervention, you may want to ask your doctor for his or her advice on the matter.
Reasons for Miscarriages
One of the most common questions following a miscarriage is: “Why did I miscarry?” The answer to this question depends on your own medical history. You may have an underlying medical condition, or there was something wrong at the time of implantation.
A few of the most common reasons that women will miscarry, include:
1. Chromosomal Abnormalities
When the chromosomes are mismatched, it will cause a woman to miscarry. Nearly 60% of all miscarriages occur because of these abnormalities. Unfortunately, the only option you have is to try again, and save tissue from the passing for testing if miscarriage occurs again.
2. Uterine Abnormalities
A woman may have an abnormal uterus. Odd shapes can cause a miscarriage to occur. Uterine abnormalities account for 10% of all miscarriages. Some uterus abnormalities can be corrected via surgery.
3. Immune Disorders
A baby is a foreign body, and sometimes, the woman’s body will not accept the embryo. Unfortunately, there has been little done to correct this issue in the medical field. Most treatments for immune disorders and embryo rejection remain in the experimental phase.
Miscarriages occur in 10% – 20% of pregnancies. If you have miscarried, discuss your concerns with your physician. The odds are in your favor that you’ll be able to go through a normal pregnancy in the future.