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Possible Complications After a Miscarriage

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Updated June 04, 2014

Most of the time, a first-trimester miscarriage is a tragic but relatively uncomplicated event from a health perspective -- your body recovers fairly quickly and you can go on to get pregnant again without further concerns. Sometimes, however, complications can arise. Make sure to see your doctor if you suspect you have any of these problems.

1. Incomplete Miscarriage

An incomplete miscarriage means that you still have tissue retained in your uterus from the pregnancy. Sometimes this condition will resolve on its own, but other times you might need a D&C.

2. Excessive Bleeding

The general rule is that if you're soaking through a menstrual pad in under an hour, you should seek medical attention immediately. A small percentage of women have hemorrhaging as a complication of miscarriage.

3. Infection

A post-miscarriage infection can be dangerous but is easily treated with antibiotics. Be sure to contact your doctor if you think you have symptoms of an infection after miscarriage.

4. Depression

Grief is a normal reaction to miscarriage and pregnancy loss. But if you start to show signs of clinical depression, it could be helpful to talk to a counselor or other mental health professional.

5. Anxiety Disorders

Even more common than clinical depression after miscarriage are anxiety and stress disorders. It is even possible to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a miscarriage.

6. Recurrent Miscarriages

Sadly, some women will have more than one miscarriage. If you have two or three consecutive miscarriages, it can be a good idea to talk to a doctor about testing for possible causes.

7. Asherman's Syndrome

Asherman's syndrome is a rare complication of a D&C. The syndrome involves scarring and adhesions in the uterus that can cause fertility problems and further miscarriages.

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