We are sorry to hear that you have suffered a miscarriage. We hope that this information will help you to understand the procedure that you have opted for.

Effects of the anaesthetic

This operation is a short procedure and is normally performed as a day case.
For the first few days you may feel tired and unable to concentrate for long. It is very important that you rest at home for the first two to three days after your operation and not drink any alcohol.

Risks of the operation

As with all operations, there are risks, but these are minimal.
The possible complications associated with this procedure are bleeding, failure of procedure, increased risk of infection due to instrument insertion during the operation and more seriously and perforation of the womb.
If this should happen, you may need a further operation to repair the site of perforation. It should be stressed that these complications are rare and very unlikely to occur.

Vaginal bleeding

Your bleeding may continue for five to seven days.
This bleeding should not be heavier than your normal period and should gradually become less. It is important not to use tampons for this bleeding (post surgery) as they can be a source of infection so soon after surgery. We advise you to use sanitary towels instead. You may go back to using tampons after your next period if you wish.

Lower abdominal pain

You may have some lower abdominal
pain – like a mild period pain for 24-48
hours after your surgery. Pain relief such as paracetamol should help ease the pain; a hot water bottle is often helpful too.

Sexual intercourse

You can resume sexual intercourse once the bleeding has settled and when you feel physically and emotionally ready to do so.


Your next period will be after four to six weeks. They can often be heavier than usual and can take several months to return to normal.

Returning to work

You may need up to one week off work
depending on your occupation and how you feel. It is advisable however to have at least 48 hours off work.

Support and advice

It is expected that you should feel upset and emotional after experiencing a miscarriage. This is quite normal and it is important that you express your emotions and feelings with your partner, family or friends.

You have been advised of the following:

  • You need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult after your operation
  • A responsible adult must stay with you for 24 hours after the operation
  • You should not cook or operate kitchen appliances for 24 hours after your operation
  • You should not drive a car, ride a bicycle or operate heavy machinery for 48 hours after your operation
  • You should not make important legal or business decisions for 48 hours after your operation
  • If you experiencing an offensive smelling discharge from down below after surgery, seek medical advice from your GP as this may indicate an infection
  • We recommend doing a urine pregnancy test about three weeks after your procedure. If you have a positive pregnancy test or ongoing vaginal bleeding, please contact EPAC.

Review: 7/23