Types of Infection during and after a Miscarriage

Miscarriage is a term used for the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before 24 weeks of gestation. Since a baby cannot survive outside the womb at such a young gestation age, the pregnancy is unsuccessful. After a miscarriage, the expectant mother not only faces emotional turmoil but also goes through numerous physical changes before regaining normal life. At this time, in addition to the tremendous emotional support, the woman needs medical attention to prevent the onset of infection and further complications. Visiting your doctor regularly...

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Miscarriage Infection Types

There are two main types of vaginal bacterial infection, one caused by the streptococcus referred to as streptococcal bacterial vaginosis and the other by a general mixture of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Infection after a miscarriage is often caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

At times, a bacterial infection or a human papillomavirus infection may exist during pregnancy as well and may be the very cause of a miscarriage. The symptoms of an infection from miscarriage include a distinct white or yellowish-green vaginal discharge which emits a bad odor. Itchiness, a burning sensation and pain during urinating are some other symptoms of a vaginal infection.

Post Miscarriage Conditions

After a miscarriage, bleeding, passing of clots, cramping, abdominal pain, lower back pain and fatigue are commonly seen. Once the miscarriage is complete, the bleeding should last for not more than 7-10 days. If it carries on for a longer period of time, consulting your gynecologist is essential so as to ascertain the cause of prolonged bleeding. Extended periods of abdominal pain and other miscarriage symptoms may also be indicative of infection. Fever is often an indicator of an infection. Some women may also experience chills based on the severity of the infection. No infection and miscarriage should be taken lightly as infection can result in infertility thus restricting the mother's chances of experiencing the joys of a successful pregnancy once again.

In case a D&C was not performed after a miscarriage, the doctor may suggest one so as to prevent further complications. In some cases, in spite of a D&C already being completed, a repeat D&C may be needed to deal with the infection. Alternatively, antibiotics may be prescribed so as to curb the spread of the infection. After a miscarriage, swimming in public pools should be avoided as this increases the chances of contracting an infection.

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