Infection After a Miscarriage
A pregnancy loss is a hard enough experience on it’s own, never mind having to deal with an infection after a miscarriage too. If you do suffer from an infection after a miscarriage, things can turn ugly if the infection is left untreated. Below we have listed some of the common signs and symptoms of an infection after a loss, as well as warning signs that the infection needs immediate care and things to look out for. Generally, if you decide to proceed with a natural means of miscarrying your healthcare professional will prescribe you antibiotics to help woo off infection.
Chances and Causes
No matter which method of miscarrying that you choose (natural miscarriage, D&C ect.), the chance of getting an infection after a miscarriage is about 3%. The further along into the pregnancy you were and if you choose to do a natural miscarriage will slightly raise the chance of infection after a miscarriage. Infection after a miscarriage is sometimes due to retained tissue inside your uterus. No matter which method you choose to complete the miscarriage sometimes tissue from the pregnancy remains. For more, see “Incomplete Miscarriage”. A missed miscarriage that goes for a few weeks unnoticed can also raise the chance of getting an infection after a miscarriage.
Signs and Symptoms of an Infection:
The signs and symptoms of an infection after a miscarriage are as follows:
• Prolonged bleeding and cramping (longer than two weeks)
• Fever over 100.4 degrees fahrenheit
• The chills
• Foul smelling vaginal discharge
Remember: Spotting for a few weeks after a miscarriage is normal and so is a bit of a smell, especially if you were over 12 weeks pregnant at the time of your loss. Yellow (but not dark yellow or green) discharge is also expected. If you are in question give your doctor a call.
How Can You Avoid an Infection:
- No sexual intercourse until the bleeding has stopped
- Same goes for douching
- Do not use tampons, wait until your next period to use them.