My experiences with Misoprostol (TMI warning)I have written my own experiences below of taking the treatment misoprostol because I was really overwhelmed by my failed pregnancy and couldn’t decide which option to take. I read the information on here by other posters and found it really helpful. Hopefully my story might help someone in the same situation.
At around 6.5 weeks I was told my pregnancy had failed and there was no embryo. This was also confirmed by HCG levels that didn’t really go up. I started to lose some of my symptoms too.
Obviously I was devastated. This would have been my second bubba and I was getting pretty excited about having 2 children with a relatively close age difference and was starting to make all those plans you make in excitement when you find out you’re pregnant.
We were leaving for Singapore with all my family to celebrate my dad’s 70th two days after I found out. I was worried it would happen while away but I also suspected that somehow it wouldn’t. I didn’t need to worry because fast forward 3.5 weeks and NOTHING had happened.
I was starting to get pretty keen for everything to be over and return to normal cycles etc. Plus there was the emotional side to still being pregnant but not being pregnant.
At ten weeks exactly I started to bleed bright red blood but in small amounts. I had very minor cramps but I knew it was starting. At this stage since the whole process had gone on for so long I decided I wanted to hurry things up and try to return to normal as soon as possible.
I won’t go into details but I had seen two obstetricians privately who both wanted to do D and C’s, although the second one did mention the medically managed option of ‘misoprostol’.
I rang the women’s hospital here in Perth and the midwife told me it was my choice how the miscarriage is treated and if the scanning place could send the scans through, they could see me that day. By the way, these ladies at the hospital were AMAZING. I was treated with such kindness and respect, far more than I have ever received through any obstetrician in the private system.
My daughter was in day care for the day and my partner had taken the day off work, so off we went. We filled in all the paper work and I was admitted as a patient of the hospital. We did have to wait a while, probably under 2 hours but we knew that would be the case and came prepared with books and ipads.
The misoprostol was placed against my cervix by a lovely, lovely midwife who held my hand and said she was sorry for my loss. She came back in with a velvet handmade heart and a gift bag which contained tissues, a candle and other little goodies which I thought was a gorgeous touch. The bags are put together by a group of women who have lost pregnancies and babies/children and they are dropped off to various hospitals:
What a special group of ladies.
Anyway, I had to be flat on the bed for 30 minutes, which was fine because it gave me time to reflect and with a toddler, I don’t get many opportunities to rest uninterrupted! After that we drove home and waited.
I was told it’d take up to 72 hours to start so I was surprised to get home and start experiencing cramps and bleeding straight away. The treatment went in at 12 noon and by 3 pm, things were happening. I got into bed with heat packs and my season of “Orange is the New Black’ (and some chocolate!)
I was told if I filled a pad in less than 30 minutes to go back to ED. To be honest, I would have come close to this. I wasn’t surprised by the amount of blood but it was quite confronting and at times I definitely felt a little faint (I started taking liquid iron). I lost 6 major clots which would have been the sac and they were substantial. Over all the really heavy bleeding lasted 2 days and the next 5 days were like a normal period. This dwindled to brown discharge.
In terms of pain, I took the panadeine forte they prescribed only once on the first day and nurofen a couple of times the following day. It wasn’t unmanageable. Over all, I was quite surprised by how easy the process was and god forbid, if I’m in this horrible situation again, I’ll take the same option and probably not wait as long as I did.
*Please note that this is my personal experience of misoprostol and your own experience of the same treatment might be different.