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D&C Miscarriage Instructions


You may resume a normal diet after returning home. Climbing stairs, walking, and light housework may be resumed at your own pace. You may resume driving 24 hours following surgery. No sexual intercourse, tampons, or douching for 2 weeks following surgery. You may shower or bathe anytime after returning home.

You may have mild cramping after this surgery. Expect light to moderate bleeding for several weeks. It is normal to have a brown discharge during the healing process for the first few weeks after surgery. If you experience severe pain, fever greater than 100.5°, nausea and vomiting, a greenish vaginal discharge with odor, or heavy bleeding (soaking a pad every hour), contact the office.

If you have had more than one miscarriage, further testing may be necessary to diagnose health factors leading to the miscarriage. Unless specific arrangements have been made, we do not perform a chromosome analysis after a miscarriage

The following medications are recommended for mild cramping or discomfort:

  • Motrin (Advil) 600 mg every 6 hours as needed for cramping.
  • Tylenol (regular or extra strength) 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as needed for pain.

You should schedule a post-operative appointment 2 – 3 weeks following surgery.

You may begin to ovulate between 2 and 6 weeks following the miscarriage. If you are interested in contraception, you can discuss this at your post-operative appointment. 



*This information is provided as a resource only and not intended to be a recommendation or a substitute for consultation with your physician regarding your healthcare needs.

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