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14 week surgical Abortion vs miscarriage. Does the womb look the same a day later or will a doctor be able to tell it was an abortion if he scanned me?

14 week surgical Abortion vs miscarriage. Does the womb look the same a day later or will a doctor be able to tell it was an abortion if he scanned me?

Experienced Dr Knows: Surgical abortion (or miscarriage) has stretching of the the cervix, the lowest part of the uterus, to remove the fetus. That stretching leaves bruising, tiny (less than 1/8" long) tears, bleeding, and even clots or tissue. An OB/GYN will definitely know SOMETHING went on with your cervix. If you are trying to hide your abortion from your doctor, ask yourself why. Your doctor needs to know. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


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How can a doctor tell when a woman is having a miscarriage?

How can a doctor tell when a woman is having a miscarriage?

Varies: When a women who is pregnant has cramping and bleeding, the suspicion is that she may be miscarrying. If an ultrasound shows a non-viable pregnancy, then it becomes almost certain. If there is a viable pregnancy, even with cramping and bleeding - only time will tell if a miscarriage will occur. ...Read more

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When after a miscarriage can a doctor tell that you indeed did have one?

Soon is better: The longer after, the harder it is to tell: it's easiest to tell while it's happening or very soon after. ...Read more

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I have had a few people that are pregnant tell me their doctors recommend smoking due to possible miscarriage. Is this true?

I have had a few people that are pregnant tell me their doctors recommend smoking due to possible miscarriage. Is this true?

NO: I did obstetrics for 10+ years and i know my ob-gyn colleagues would agree: smoking is never recommended in pregancy! smoking causes multiple problems including low birth weight, poor fetal growth (iugr) and worse outcomes. ...Read more

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If I miscarried 2x 10+ years ago will my doctor be able to tell now? How important is it for me to tell her about it if I'm trying to conceive now?

If I miscarried 2x 10+ years ago will my doctor be able to tell now? How important is it for me to tell her about it if I'm trying to conceive now?

Disclosure: When dealing with any difficulty, it is best to be honest and complete in giving health history. This way your doctor can help you best. If you are seeing a specialist to help you conceive, I would think it is important to disclose that you had two miscarriages ten years ago. This information helps paint a clear picture of how well your uterus is able to carry an embryo. Best of luck ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell if i had a miscarriage in the first 3 weeks ? and how long after can they test for it ?

Can a doctor tell if i had a miscarriage in the first 3 weeks ? and how long after can they test for it ?

HCG levels: Certainly have your beta sub unit HCG levels, both qualitative and quantitative levels will confirm the integrity of your pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more