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Septic Miscarriage

There are many types or kinds of miscarriage a woman may experience during her pregnancy, one of which is known as septic miscarriage.  A septic miscarriage is a miscarriage that was developed or caused by an infection of the uterus.  The infection could have occurred before, during, or after the miscarriage and could result from all kinds of factors.  Among all of the different types of miscarriages, a septic miscarriage is most serious and usually requires immediate medical help and assistance from one’s healthcare provider.  This is because aside from the fetus not being able to survive the pregnancy, the mother is susceptible to many health problems.

Many doctors and biologists would usually conclude that a septic miscarriage is caused by the presence of harmful bacteria or organisms in the uterus.  But according to Dr. Remington Hobbs in his article Causes of Acute Infections in the Uterus, including Puerperal Sepsis, and Septic Miscarriages, and their Treatment by Drainage, the presence of organisms isn’t the only factor since during the onset of labor.  Other factors include the retention of septic products inside the uterus after an incomplete miscarriage and a stasis around the uterine wall, the cervical canal, and a swollen perineum.

Some of the symptoms of a septic miscarriage include:

·         The mother develops a fever and flu-like symptoms such as chills and body aches.

·         Vaginal discharges known as lochia, which can be identified by its foul odor. 

·         Abdominal pain

If these symptoms are left untreated, the septic miscarriage could lead to permanent infertility and even in death, so it is very important that you visit your doctor for medical help and proper septic miscarriage treatments to be able to cure it as soon as possible.  Treatments can include D & C or dilation and curettage, a procedure that involves dilating the cervix to be able to remove the septic pregnancy tissues inside the uterus, and special antibiotics.  Usually the doctor would use special instruments such as a vacuum or a suction device to remove the septic products or the fetus itself.