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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. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

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 ...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

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If I believe I had a miscarriage 3 months ago, how would my doctor tell if I had had a miscarriage? Blood test?

If I believe I had a miscarriage 3 months ago, how would my doctor tell if I had had a miscarriage? Blood test?

No way to tell: After 3 months there are no tests that would tell you if you had a miscarriage. The time for testing would have been at the time of the event. ...Read more

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Will my doctor know if I had a miscarriage two to three weeks ago by blood work? Or what other ways can they tell....

Will my doctor know if I had a miscarriage two to three weeks ago by blood work? Or what other ways can they tell....

Perhaps ultrasound: An ultrasound (soundwave) examination can be used to confim that the uterus is empty. A blood test can detect the level of pregnancy hormone. If either of these tests have been done ealier, the change may confirm that a miscarriage has occurred. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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After 3 miscarriages, last one I was using heparin and aspirin, my doctor tell me its my choice to choose use heparin or only aspirin? Wt u think?

After 3 miscarriages, last one I was using heparin and aspirin, my doctor tell me its my choice to choose use heparin or only aspirin? Wt u think?

Its complicated.: With that many miscarriages you may be exhibiting antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. If this is the case every pregnancy is to be considered high risk and you should be followed during pregnancy, if possible, by a high risk neonatologist and a hematologist with experience in treating pregnant women with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell you how long its been since you miscarried from a transvaginal ultrasound and can they be wrong if your not that far along

An: An ultrasound can detect if you are pregnant, if the fetus has a heartbeat (around 7 weeks) or if it does not have a heartbeat when it should (not a viable fetus), and if your cervix is open and a miscarriage is occuring. If you had a miscarriage and all the products of conception (fetal tissue) has passed there is no way to tell "how long it's been" since the loss occurred.
Lastly, an ultrasound may not provide all the clues if read incorrectly, therefore serial blood tests to check the level of pregnancy hormone in your body will tell you exactly where you stand (pregnant or not).
I am so sorry you are going through all of this. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Can doctor tell if implantation spotting or an early miscarriage after 3 wks? Been 3 wks since spotting & still no positive HPT: (

Can doctor tell if implantation spotting or an early miscarriage after 3 wks? Been 3 wks since spotting & still no positive HPT: (

Miscarriage unlikely: A woman has to be pregnant first, in order to lose the pregnancy through miscarriage. Miscarriage is a natural end to many pregnancies (often because it is nature's way of selecting out abnormal embryos or fetuses, and trying to let only the normal ones continue on to birth). That means the pregnancy test would be positive if a miscarriage were to happen. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I am 38 and trying to conceive. Last month I missed my period and next month I bleed and my doctor told me may be it was miscarriage. Kindly tell me.

I am 38 and trying to conceive. Last month I missed my period and next month I bleed and my doctor told me may be it was miscarriage. Kindly tell me.

Pregnancy test: When you are trying to become pregnant, your cycle pattern is very important. If your cycles are irregular, this may be normal. The only way to tell if you are pregnant or if you miscarried for sure is to get pregnancy test. As you are trying to get pregnant, obtain a pregnancy test whenever you miss a cycle. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

Pregnancy loss = unintended loss of a pregnancy which could result ...Read more