What is included in patient education about early pregnancy loss?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Slava V Gaufberg, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Advise patients to return to the ED upon occurrence of symptoms such as the following:

  • Profuse vaginal bleeding (more than 1 pad/hour)

  • Severe pelvic pain

  • Temperature above 38°C (100.4°F)

Patients may experience intermittent menstrual-like flow and cramps during the following week. The next menstrual period usually occurs in 4-5 weeks.

Patients can resume regular activities when able to but should refrain from intercourse and douching for approximately 2 weeks.

For patient education resources, see Pregnancy Center, as well as Bleeding During PregnancyMiscarriageAbortion, and Dilation and Curettage (D&C).


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