A retained placenta can lead to hemorrhaging (bleeding), severe infection or even death. A retained placenta most commonly happens after a vaginal delivery. But RPOC is more common when a pregnancy ends early. It may not cause problems until days, weeks or even months after the pregnancy ends.
What happens if there is still tissue after a miscarriage?
Often, some of the pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after a miscarriage. If it is not removed by scraping the uterus with a curette (a spoon-shaped instrument), you may bleed for a long time or develop an infection.
What does an incomplete abortion look like?
An incomplete abortion usually presents with moderate to severe vaginal bleeding and is frequently accompanied by lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain that is suprapubic, which may radiate to the lower back, buttocks, genitalia, and perineum.
How do you get rid of retained tissue after a miscarriage?
Treatment. If you have tissue remaining in your uterus, your physician will perform a surgical procedure called dilation and curettage (D&C) in which the cervix is dilated and the tissue removed with a tool called a curette (or in some cases, a vacuum-like device).
How long does it take for abortion tissue to pass?
The cramping and bleeding can last for several hours. Most people finish passing the pregnancy tissue in 4-5 hours, but it may take longer. The cramping and bleeding slows down after the pregnancy tissue comes out. You may have cramping on and off for 1 or 2 more days.
Can I get pregnant with retained tissue?
Most women who receive treatment for RPOC can still get pregnant and have healthy pregnancies. In rare cases, uterine scarring may cause fertility problems.
What happens if a dead fetus is not removed?
Waiting for spontaneous expulsion is also possible. Women who retain the dead embryo/fetus can experience severe blood loss or develop an infection of the womb. These are rare complications.
What happens if an incomplete abortion is not treated?
Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) can occur in as many as 15% of pregnancies, usually in the first trimester. If untreated, incomplete abortion frequently leads to continued vaginal bleeding and consequent anaemia. The retained products can also give rise to uterine sepsis.
How do you know if you have a womb infection after abortion?
Signs of infection are: Fever above 101° F. Abdominal pain different than cramping. Foul-smelling discharge.
What is the reason of incomplete abortion?
The causes of missed abortion are not fully known. About 50 percent of miscarriages happen because the embryo has the wrong number of chromosomes. Sometimes, miscarriage may be caused by a uterine problem, such as scarring.
Can retained placenta pass naturally?
“If the placenta or a part of the placenta does not spontaneously deliver within 30 minutes after the baby has delivered, a retained placenta is diagnosed. Normally the placenta will separate and deliver from the uterus on its own once the baby has been born,” explains Sherry Ross, MD, OB-GYN.
How do you know if you have retained products?
The characteristic clinical manifestations of RPOC include one or more of the following: uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, fever, and/or uterine tenderness. These clinical findings are nonspecific; moreover, it is normal to have some postabortal bleeding and discomfort.
Is it possible to have a sac without baby?
A blighted ovum, also called an anembryonic pregnancy, occurs when an early embryo never develops or stops developing, is resorbed and leaves an empty gestational sac. The reason this occurs is often unknown, but it may be due to chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg.
How do I clean my uterus after a miscarriage?
If you’ve had a miscarriage, your provider may recommend: Dilation and curettage (also called D&C). This is a procedure to remove any remaining tissue from the uterus. Your provider dilates (widens) your cervix and removes the tissue with suction or with an instrument called a curette.
Can I still get a positive pregnancy test 5 weeks after miscarriage?
The researchers reported there was a 35 to 50 percent reduction in hCG levels 2 days after, and a 66 to 87 percent reduction 7 days after the pregnancy resolved. This is a significant drop, but these numbers still mean that you could test positive on an HPT for a week to several weeks after a miscarriage.