Iron Infusions during Pregnancy

This leaflet explains more about surgical treatment of miscarriage, including the benefits, risks and when to seek medical advice.

What is the surgical treatment for miscarriage?

This is an operation to remove the incomplete pregnancy from inside your womb. The operation will be usually done under a general anesthetic so you will be asleep during the procedure.

The surgery is a minor procedure and you will normally go home the same day. It is important to tell the doctor if you have any know medical conditions.

What are the benefits?

  • You will know the date of the procedure and you can plan accordingly
  • The treatment is completed in one day.
  • You can return to work and normal life usually within a couple of days.

What are the risks?

Your doctor will discuss all the risks with you when you sign your consent form. There are a few risks associated with surgical treatment of miscarriage, these include:

  • Infection (2-3 in 100 cases)  
  • Risks associated with anesthesia – you will discuss these when you meet the anesthetist
  • Occasionally some pregnancy tissue can be left behind which may require you to have another operation.

What to expect after the procedure?

Once you have woken up from the anesthesia, you will be given something to eat and drink when you feel ready.

The medical team will assess you following the procedure and allow you to go home when they feel you are ready, usually within 6 hours.

You will experience some vaginal bleeding for the first 1-2weeks. It could be heavy at first, like a period, but will be reduced and become brown in colour over the days.

You may also experience some mild cramping for a day or two following the procedure but you will be given some pain relief to take home with you.

What to expect after discharge?

  • You can return to normal activities 1-2 days after the procedure or once you feel well
  • Avoid sexual intercourse whilst you are bleeding
  • You will expect to have your normal period after 4-6 weeks after the procedure.

What are the emotional effects?

The emotional effects of a miscarriage may be difficult for both parents. Grief is normal and if you wish to talk to someone please let the staff know and they will contact the social worker for ongoing support.

Many couples wish to try for another pregnancy straight away, it is advisable to have 1-2 normal periods to help your body recover before you try again

When to seek medical advice?

Go to women’s urgent care (WUC) if you experience the following:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (soaking 2 pads or towels in 1 hour) or still bleeding after 2 weeks.  
  • Severe pain in stomach/back/pelvis
  • Any smelly vaginal discharge
  • Fever

Follow up care

You do not usually require any follow up care unless you are feeling unwell or you wish to see the doctor again.