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My dr confirmed I miscarried based a blood test, I have the paper work but I don't understand how he knows, it doesn't show my hcg levels?

My dr confirmed I miscarried based a blood test, I have the paper work but I don't understand how he knows, it doesn't show my hcg levels?

See below: Ms. Kathryn 440: You have two related questions. It would be better to talk to your doctor for explanation. Blood HCG needs to be higher than 25 to diagnose pregnancy. It is not clear how a urine pregnancy test told you that you are 2-3 weeks pregnant. You may repeat the urine pregnancy test, be sure to follow the instructions for the test carefully. Better would be to see your doctor for a repeat blood test and if needed an ultrasound examination. ...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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I've had a miscarriage befire and we've been trying again for the past year could something be wrong?

I've had a miscarriage befire and we've been trying again for the past year could something be wrong?

Maybe. See a REI MD: Two miscarriages is 'recurrent miscarriage'. You still have a chance of healthy pregnancy, but most couples get pregnant in a year of trying. See a reproductive endocrinology and infertility md to get checked out: we test your ovarian reserve (egg supply), look for hormonal problems, blocked fallopian tubes, problems with your uterus, sperm problems in your partner, and offer miscarriage testing. ...Read more

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I've had a miscarriage at 8wks but my baby was 5wks. How long does it take for everything to pass naturally? Should i be worried?

I've had a miscarriage at 8wks but my baby was 5wks. How long does it take for everything to pass naturally? Should i be worried?

Miscarriage: Miscarriage is more common than people realize. Usually early on tissue passes without intervention. There is an increased risk for infection if the products of conception (what's left after miscarriage) do not pass within a period of time, usually a fair rule of thumb is to give it up to 2 weeks, but be seen sooner if any fever, discharge that is foul smelling and/or increased pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does a gush of blood mean i've had a miscarriage?

Not necessarily : While it is never normal to bleed while pregnant, bleeding doesn't guarantee a miscarriage. Call your OB and have an ultrasound done. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I've had a miscarriage how long will my bleeding last?

I've had a miscarriage how long will my bleeding last?

Sorry: I'm sorry, bleeding should not last more than 7 days. I always like to perform ultrasound a few weeks later to be sure all has passed. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant after i've had a miscarriage?

Yes: There are a number of reasons for a miscarriage. Most, however, are a random event and a single miscarriage does not predict future problems. The fact a patient has a miscarriage at least indicates the ability to get pregnant. Repeat miscarriages should be evaluated. There may not be a solution or the solution may be easier than one thinks. ...Read more

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How would you know if you've had a miscarriage or a very short & painful period?

How would you know if you've had a miscarriage or a very short & painful period?

Pregnancy test: The only way to tell a miscarriage from a period is to check a pregnancy test. It is very unusual to be pregnant (even if it is a miscarriage) with a negative pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Why am i not getting my periods after i've had a miscarriage last year?

Physician exam: Usually, the menstrual periods will restart one month after the completion of o miscarriage. The first cycle may not be normal, but the next one should be back to your normal. If you usually have a monthly cycle and have not gone back to normal yet, then an exam is warranted. ...Read more

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I've had a miscarriage last august at 5 weeks, eversince I've had severe dysmenorrhoea and couldn't get pregnant again, should I be worried?

I've had a miscarriage last august at 5 weeks, eversince I've had severe dysmenorrhoea and couldn't get pregnant again, should I be worried?

See your OB/GYN: I suggest you have a consultation with your OB/GYN and discuss your concerns. He/She will probably order blood test and maybe a pelvic ultrasound. You should discuss timeing of intercourse to make sure you are trying around your fertile time. Best wishes! ...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