Catu shared this week the story of her medical miscarriage. She was unsure how far along she was. They gave her a scan, saw nothing in the sac and came back one week later for a follow-up scan. Still nothing. So what did they do? They diagnosed her with a miscarriage and gave her the choice to have a D&C, medical miscarriage (taking pills to end the pregnancy) or have a natural miscarriage.
Just like that. She was given no hope and chose the pills.
You can read Catu's story here:
Catu's Story-Diagnosed and Took Mifepristone - HEARTBEAT FOUND
She went through the heavy bleeding and the pain. Just a side note...I've had women tell me who have had both a natural miscarriage and a medicated one that the medicated one is usually even more painful. She went to the hospital where they gave her another scan and, yes, they found the heartbeat.
I am so thankful that her little gal (yes, they've found out they are having a girl!) is fine. She is now 21 weeks. But, I've talked to other women who were diagnosed with a miscarriage, went the medicated miscarriage route and found out that there was a viable baby. Most often those babies end up miscarrying from the medication. We've also had a couple babies on the site survive so there is hope if this has happened to you.
And, this is why I so dislike the idea of a medical miscarriage.
If you've read my blog, you know that I love the UK's new guidelines. Wait until the sac measures at least 25mm and then, if needed, do a follow-up scan one week later. This puts women at nine or so weeks.
Mifepristone is NOT recommended after nine weeks. Go ahead and read about it on the Reproductive Health Technologies Project site. They want to promote the use of this pill but acknowledge it should not be used after nine weeks. Many women will miscarry by nine weeks naturally. After nine or ten weeks, if you are going to miscarry and haven't, you may end up needing a D&C.