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mercedes2472 - February 2nd, 2011 4:06 PM

Hi my name is Mercedes and I am new to this board i will tell u my experience with Misoprostol, first of all we received the news i was pregnant by surprise my fiance didnt think he could have kids cause we have been together so long but i found out i was pg on 1/06/11 we was so happy and after 20yrs i was having another baby and its his first, ok but on 1/23 i started bleeding early in the morning we went to the hospital and of course they did all blood tests and put an IV for fluids cause i used to vomit all the time all day long so we are waiting for ultrasound and we go according to my last period which is 12/6 i should be 7wks but ultrasound said i was 8.5 weeks well they said the baby's heartbeat stopped. my potassium was high so i had to the pill so mind u this was sunday now i have to wait until wednesday so they can insert 8 pills of Misoprostol, now i have anemia as well very low so i have to go to my regular doctor get iron pills cause i will be bleeding for days...so its wednesday 1/26 they insert 8 pills i go home in a matter of 30 minutes i start feeling cramping, then it just gets worst and worst i go to the bathroom and i feel a big clump and alot of blood then i go back to bed and more pain until i was crying and praying for the pain to go away. finally it did after 6 hours just felt mild cramps, never again if my potassium was low i would do the procedure DNC with general anasthesia.. today is 2/2 and i am still bleeding and i am wondering if this is my period now or i am still bleeding. so my question do any of you know if i still should be bleeding after getting the pill inserted? thanks for listening.


chloe_girl - February 15th, 2011 8:03 AM

i don't really know how to start telling everyone how stupid i am. but i have to get over this, so here i go. I was a week delayed when I start to panic. So i bought a pregnancy test kit, and found out that I am positive. I don't know how many weeks pregnant i am and was even too scared to go see the doctor. Last Oct. 2010, i was diagnosed of having Hepatitis C. Now, all that's on my mind is that my baby could possibly have that too. Without even consulting a doctor, I decided to stop the pregnancy right there(a very stupid step I did). I placed the cytotec inside at 11 in the evening and slept. I was awaken by cramps and pain at 1am. I went to the toilet and checked if there was bleeding, but none. so i went back to bed but cant sleep any longer as the little pain started to progress into terrible pain. I took a pain reliever and went back to bed. At 4am, i could feel the blood dripping on my underwear so i get up and went to the toilet. There was a big clot (almost the size of an egg) that came out and few small clots came out after that til the morning. The flow was not so heavy then. I thought it ends there after that day as I no longer felt much pain after that but the spotting continued. 2 days after, I felt my lower stomach cramped again. That night, I had heavy flow with big clots. The next morning it stopped, and again heavy flow at night with clots, that was the third day. From there until the 5th day, there was no longer cramps and heavy flow, only spotting. So I thought it was over. It was already the 6th day when the cramps started again and heavy flow with clots reoccur, until now, its the 8th day but the blood still keeps flowing. I don't feel anything unusual aside from the cramps and pain. What I am worried about now is: if this is normal, I've read people in forums saying that bleeding would last up to 2 weeks. But I'm really worried what if I lost all my blood or anything like that. I can't even ask my boyfriend to bring me to the doctor because he is afraid that people would recognize him, and oh I forgot to say he is a councilor here in our place and is really sensitive of what people might say if they found out his girlfriend undergo abortion which is illegal here in my country.

I know I really did something very stupid and was even careless to not use protection for we know he cant have a baby. It's really not a wise step that I take, but if someone knows how many days would the bleeding last, it will really help me ease my mind.
Thank you for whatever help anyone can offer.


meg12345 - March 7th, 2011 11:05 PM

Meg: I am a healthy 27 year old woman. I missed my period in February of 2011 and had an intuition that I was pregnant. I booked an appointment to the women’s clinic for a vaginal ultrasound the last week of the month. I found out at the time that I was 6.5 weeks pregnant. I scheduled a medical abortion for the next day. The medical option appealed to me because I could do the procedure in my home and because the earliest surgical abortion was weeks away and I couldn’t bear the feeling of being pregnant anymore. The reasons for deciding to abort were complex.
Day 1: I was given an injection of methotrexate. I had no symptoms other than those of being 6.5 weeks pregnant: breast pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
Day 2: I swallowed 4 tablets of Metronidazole with no symptoms.
Day 3: I swallowed 4 tablets of Metronidazole with no symptoms.
Day 4: 8:30 a.m. I had my partner insert 4 tablets of misoprostol into my vagina. 1 hour later I began spotting. About 2 hours later I began cramping. The cramps progressed from mild to medium. I took 1 ibuprofen. An hour later, I took another ibuprofen. 2 hours later the cramping had intensified to what I would describe as severe so I took a Tylenol 3. The cramps were definitely the worst I have ever experienced and still painful even with the painkillers. I had a natural childbirth (21 hours with no pain relief at home) so I assumed that my pain tolerance would be high. The doctor at the clinic told me that women who have given birth generally do not find this painful just “crampy”. In retrospect, I wish she had of prepared me psychologically for the severity of the pain. I understand that the effects of this drug range from woman but anyone considering this procedure should accept that there is a potential for pain. At about 2 pm I got back pain which was not listed as a symptom in the handout so I should mention that. I drank about 4 litres of water and passed 3 blood clots. My bleeding was like a heavy period but I never once soaked a pad…most of the blood came out when I used the washroom. I did not notice any skin-like tissue or anything like that. I had 3 hot showers to cope with the back pain and cramping. One shower lasted 30 minutes. At 6:30 pm I ate dinner. I took another Tylenol 3 to be on the safe side. At 9 pm I put 3 tablets of misoprostol under my tongue. About an hour later, I got severe chills and started shaking. I had trouble swallowing, I started sweating, and I felt like I wanted to chew gum (which I never do) as I was grinding my teeth. I don’t know if this was psychological (i.e. were these symptoms related to anxiety?). I shook uncontrollably for about 45 minutes. My partner rubbed my back as I sat in the fetal position and concentrated on breathing. At 10:18 pm I literally passed out and did not wake up until 6:38 am (first time since becoming a mother)! The pad that I had worn through the night was completely soaked (always overnight with wings).
Day 5: At 9 am I put 4 tablets of misoprostol under my tongue. About an hour later, I got severe chills and started shaking. I had trouble swallowing, I started sweating, and I felt like chewing gum (which I never do). The chills lasted about 45 minutes. The bleeding has continued but I continue to bleed the most when on the toilet. I have a headache. My intuition tells me that the pregnancy has passed but I will not know until my follow-up appointment on March 17th.
Overall, this experience was horrible. I was not prepared for the pain I experienced. That said, I am grateful that the option is available and I do think it should be available to all women but through a women’s clinic where support and education is provided. This is not a form of contraception. I have personally made the decision to start taking a low dosage birth control pill until I am ready to have another child.
Advice: Be prepared psychologically to experience pain. If you have children, get someone to take them for the day (or at least long enough to get you through the first dosage). Do not go through this alone. Have a mother, sister, friend, partner, lover, husband nearby to provide you with water, food, massage and emotional support. I found that it helped to talk while going through the severe cramping. If you’ve experienced this once, you probably do not want to go through it again. Get some advice on contraception. Always follow your intuition. If you feel pregnant, take a test and if you do not want to be pregnant, book an appointment right away. Continue to share your stories. It was only from reading these postings, that I got a more balanced perspective of the experience.


blondie91582 - April 14th, 2011 2:16 PM

Hi, my name is Erica. I found this board awhile ago & since it helped me, I decided to post my experience on here, hoping that it might help someone in a similar situation.

I'm a healthy 28 yr old & my husband is a healthy 30 yr old. We were so excited about our first pregnancy & told everyone about it when I was only about 6 1/2 weeks. I had one Dr. appointment around that time to confirm pregnancy & do some blood tests. Everything came back great. At 9 weeks we went in for our first ultrasound. We were both moved to tears at the first sight of our little one on the screen, but it was short-lived as the tech got a little antsy & kept moving around. She told us there was no heartbeat & had the other tech come look to confirm. The baby had stopped growing just a few days before. I was crushed... they told me it would be best to let the miscarriage happen naturally & that it might take a few weeks. I liked the idea of letting my body take care of itself & hated the idea of surgery at the time (thinking that it was scary & might cause issues with conception later).

I went to work for the rest of that week, because I wanted to be distracted & also we can't afford for me to take too much time off & I was saving that for the actual miscarriage. A week later, nothing had happened & the wait was killing me. I felt anxious & out of sorts all the time. It's an odd feeling not only knowing that you're carrying around a dead baby while still feeling pregnant, but also constantly wondering/worrying if you might start bleeding/cramping/passing blood clots at any time.

I decided to go back to my Dr & request the Misoprostol on Tuesday. She prescribed taking 600mg vaginally & also gave me some Lortab. I took off the rest of the week & prepared "battle stations" in my apt so I could be comfortable during the process. In the 24-36 hours after... I passed one tiny blood clot, but I think it was just because I had a bowel movement to help it along. No cramps, nausea, nothing. The next day she had me get more pills to try orally. On Wednesday, she gave me more Misoprostol & some Methergine to take together every 4 hours. I did this for the whole cycle, which meant I didn't sleep much & was pretty exhausted. Again... nothing happened, aside from vomiting twice. (I called her & it had been long enough to absorb the pills, at least 45 mins later both times).

I went in for another appointment on Friday. They did an ultrasound to see if it had moved at all, but it hadn't moved or even begun to detach. At this point, I was frustrated & exhausted. It's very hard to commit to taking the pills & then have them fail. I had a lot of time by myself at home (since this was supposed to be working), & during that time I did a lot of thinking/soul searching. I had come to terms with the fact that I didn't do anything wrong, the pregnancy just didn't work out & it was probably something chromosomal. I'm not happy that it happened, but I feel fortunate that it happened sooner rather than later. Anyways, I started to feel better about myself & my situation, but there's no way I could completely begin to let go & move forward until I had completed the miscarriage.

I had been really scared about the idea of a D&C before, but one of my friends emailed me after hearing about my situation & shared her experience with me. She told me it was a very short operation, she was under the whole time, the recovery was really quick & the most important part... she now has a healthy baby boy that they conceived 6 months after the surgery. I decided to go for it.

I had the consult with the Dr & she informed me that they use a tiny suction device so there is less chance of scarring & that they'd give me antibiotics before & after to lessen the chances of infection. I went to the hospital feeling almost excited yesterday morning. Everyone there was very nice & helpful. They used propofol in my iv to put me under & let me tell you... it was amazing. They said they gave me pain meds & something for nausea when I was under as well & they all worked great. I woke up feeling just slightly groggy in what seemed like 2 seconds after they scooted me onto the operating table. I was fully alert shortly thereafter & didn't have any pain, aside from a slight headache. The nurses in recovery were very nice & even got me some coffee while I was waiting to be sent home (you have to stay an hour regardless). I had bled/discharged a little while I was still in the bed, but barely even needed a pad for the rest of the day. They sent me home with 600mg of Motrin every 6 hours & more Lortab, which I haven't taken, since I haven't had any pain. I do have a slight feeling of bloating, like I would during my period, but no cramps or bleeding. I feel pretty great & am excited to get back to living my life. I have a follow-up scheduled in 2 weeks to make sure everything is ok. We're going to wait for at least one period & then try again.

So, long story short... if I could go back in time, I would do the D&C right in the beginning so I could begin the healing process (physically & emotionally) immediately. Just make sure that you have a good Dr who takes the time to explain everything to you & will take good care of you :) I hope this can help someone as much as my friend's advice helped/calmed me. Good luck to you all!


serena44 - May 17th, 2011 1:36 AM

I've been reading this thread for the last week and signed up so I could share my story. Thank you to everyone who posted before me- you all really helped me to go through it and understand what would happen. I was 6.5 wks pregnant when I started to bleed suddenly. The RNP could not find a heartbeat and told me I'd start to miscarry naturally at any moment. They tested my hcg levels, which went up instead of down, but since I hadn't bled again, they weren't sure what was happening. I had another ultrasound which confirmed no heartbeat and that Dr wasn't sure if it was just too soon to see one. The next day I went in for another round of ultrasounds with a proper tech. Again, they told me it wasn't a healthy pregnancy and we could wait it out if we wanted to, but not to expect a heartbeat. We waited another week- still no heartbeat and this time, the baby had started to shrink. That Dr (kaiser) suggested misoprostol as it would take another week to schedule me for a D&C. I inserted the pills around 7:30pm and waited. I had intense, terrible pain for hours. The Dr had assured me that I would not need anything more than motrin for pain. I can assure you that I should have demanded something heavier. By midnight I started bleeding and passing clots. The pain got more and more intense to the point that I could not move, walk, or sleep. By 4am I passed more clots and what looked like the sac. The pain stopped suddenly and I was able to go to bed. The next day I felt fine and the barely bled. For the next few days, the bleeding was more annoying than anything else-- i hate wearing pads. A day or so after that, I started cramping for a few more days- like a bad period. When I went in for my week checkup, they found that I hadn't passed all the tissue, and I was told to take the 2nd round of pills. I'm angry that when I asked a week ago if I should take the 2nd round, the Dr said no. I inserted the 2nd round around 2:30pm today and now, 8 hours later, nothing has happened. I've had minimal bleeding and cramping. The Dr didn't want to see me again for 3 weeks and said I'd probably pass the rest during my next period. After carrying around decomposing tissue for the last 2 weeks, I can't believe they would suggest that I wait another 4-6 weeks for my period to start and everything to come out. At this point, I regret not insisting or demanding a D&C a week ago. I would not recommend the pills to anyone. Feeling all that pain and seeing all that "fell" out of me is simply too much to bear physically or emotionally. I understand the risk of D&C and hoped that this way would have been better on me, but it looks like I will have to have one anyway. It could have saved me a week of emotional and physical pain that almost ended my relationship with my boyfriend. It was heartbreaking for both us to experience the loss of a baby that we both wanted so badly and then as well for the process to drag on for so long, preventing us both from healing


shanty - May 22nd, 2011 6:31 PM

Hi, I am posting my story as many other have to share this story. I hadmy first ultrasound at 8w on may 12 2011, to find out that something wasnt right. The tech was unable to tell my husband and I anything,and we both left the appt lost and feeling like something was wrong. I called my local clininc to see my GP for the results and was told I could not get in until the next day. So the following day I met with my doctor whom told me I had a blighted ovum. He was very sympathetic and explained that the fetal pole had no heart beat. He suggested a second u/s in a week. So we wait.........During this time Im still experiencing all the symptoms of pregnancy. We have the second ultrasound on May 18th and the results still show no heartbeat and that the fetal pole had not grown from 6w5d. Although the yolk sac was measuring 9w1d. My prenatal doc gave me some options such as cytotec, methotrexat, waiting for a spontaneous miscarriage and said a D&C would be a last resort. So I had a second opinion that had spoken with a gyno specialist that suggested I go ahead with cytotec. P.S (some doctors will suggest taking cytotec with methotrexate as the two medications taken together have a greater % rate of working, however I would suggest if your doctor reccomends Methotrexate that you research this medication as it has MANY side effects and is a very serious medication.)On May 21st I started the cytotec. My doctor oredered 400mcg every 4 hours for 4 doses. I have researched this dose and it is a commom dosage. I took my 1st dose of cytotec, 400mcg vaginally in pill form at 8am. I didnt feel any cramping until a half hour later.P.S (I also reccomend asking your doctor for pain medication. I took one T3 an hour before each dose of cytotec in order to reduce the pain from contractions, and cramping. The pharmacist informed me to avoid any NSAIDs such as advil, ibuprofin, naproxen etc.... due the medication interfering with the process of the cytotec causing contractions, thus possibly decreasing your results) I didnt experience any bleeding until around 2.5 hrs after the first dose. I took the second dose 4 hours later at lunchtime. As earlier I had taken a T3 an hour earlier to decrease the pain. 6 hours after my first dose, I began feeling strong cramps that began to become one big cramp. At this point I passed some tissue. It didnt hurt, but was slightly sore. It was no greater then an orange. I began to bleed heavy at this point. I filled one pad in one hour, which my doctor told me to report. I stuck it out for one more hour and sure enough the bleeding reduced to approx. half a pad in an hour. I continued the rest of my medication doses at 4 pm and again at 8pm still taking the T3s an hour before the cytotec. In that time I had cramping that I would rate from normal period cramping to strong cramping near unbearable at times. I found that I lost more blood when I peed then when I was resting. If I can offer any suggestions I found that resting on the couch all day helped, I had my sister in law with me all day in case I needed help, I monitored my pads and changed them every hour to monitor the amount of blood I was losing. P.S ( My doctor told me ot go to ER if I filled one pad in an hour, due to a small % of people hemorrhage due to part of the lining in the uterus does not fully detatch thus causing heavy bleeding wich can lead to many serious complications.) Although I waited one more hour, I did this because I felt that I had not lost much blood prior and my heart rate was normal. P.S ( one of the first signs of a hemorrhage is a very fast heart rate plus you may, or may not, notice the increase in loss of blood. The average heart rate is between 60-80 bpm) I drank a lot of fluids, gatorade will help. I was prepared to go to the hospital if needed due to complication. I did not have any diarrhea, or vomiting. I had a few hot and cold flashes and my temperature was up while I was taking the cytotec. I had a follow up appt in a walk in clinic this morning to make sure that things were going as planned. I did bleed when I got up to pee throughout the night but my pad was filling as if I was having a normal period at this time. My appt went well and the doctor has recommended a follow up ultrasound at the end of the month just to ensure that everything has expelled as planned. I will keep you posted on my follow up. I hope that my comment will help someone with their decisions or offer some comfort. My heart goes out to you, and your all in my thoughts.


shanty - May 26th, 2011 1:45 AM

Today is day 4, and still bleeding bright red blood when bearing down to pee. Had an appt with doc 2 days ago and he said my cervix had closed on internal examination. My question is Im passing clots now, and I passed a 3-4 inch piece of tissue tonight. Abdominal pain pre and post passing the tissue/ clot?? and crampy most of the time anyways. Blood on my pads sometime brown sometimes bright red and very little and decreasing daily, but is the clotting still normal and bright red blood with every trip to pee??


browneyes03171972 - May 27th, 2011 11:51 PM

I do appreciate that every1 has put their experiences on here so that I can know what to expect. I am going to be taking Misoprostol 200 mcg (2 tablets orally every 4 hours, 4 doses). I'm really annoyed with my doctors that I'm having to go through this. I was told on April 28th that I was pregnant. It was a real surprise to my husband and I but we were really excited cuz we didn't think that it'd ever happen again cuz we had tried 2 years ago and nothing happened (I had never had problems getting pregnant before, took me 1 week after quitting the pill to get pregnant with our 1st daughter that is now 19, 2 weeks after quitting the pill to get pregnant with our 2nd daughter that's now 17, and with our third daughter she was a pleasant surprise and she's 5 1/2 now). So we gave up when nothing happened after a 2 years...and the doctor said that it was unlikely that it would occur since it hadn't happened after trying for so long. Once I figured out the due date, we really got excited because it would have been a Christmas baby...that would have made Christmas better for our kids...cuz their grandpa had died on Christmas (our 5 year old didn't know him but the others were really close to him). I had fallen and called the doctor about it but they assured me that since I was so early in my pregnancy that there was plenty of protection to protect the baby even though I had some cramps that night (they still say that the fall couldn't have caused the miscarriage). I went to the hospital on May 8th cramping and bleeding slightly (never got on the pad..only when I wiped). When they told me that I was measuring at 5 weeks 6 days I knew that something was wrong cuz I should have been further along. Since my husband is a truck driver, I knew the exact date that we had intercourse. And also, I had been having a very heavy period every 2 weeks from January until my last start date was March 18th. They scheduled me for an ultra sound on May 19th because my HCG levels hadn't doubled since they were taken at the hospital (they had gone up but not enough)by the time I got home from the ultra sound, I passed what looked like a embyro, then I had to wait another week to have another. I had that yesterday and they told me that there wasn't any change and that the egg sac was still there. So, he said that I needed to be seen. I was seen today and they gave me Misoprostol and Vicodin for pain. I'm dreading the pain that I've read that people have said that they've had with this but I want this to be over with. It's tore us all up. It's killing my husband that he can't be here for me right now but I need him to bring home money so that we can pay these stupid bills that this has caused. I am thankful that my middle daughter is here to help me (she's been doing the housework while I was on bed rest in hopes that the baby would survive). My husband and I decided long ago that if I ever miscarried that we would never try again (my mom lost 9 before she had my 2 brothers). We can't go through that again. I asked the doctors if they'd do a hysterectomy but leave my ovaries since I have issues with my periods that make me anemic and since I don't want any more children after this especially since I'll be 40 next year but they said that they are a Catholic Hospital and they don't interfere with fertility. I think that is a bunch of bull. With my history of female issues alone should be the reason, it was for my mom to get a full hysterectomy at a Catholic Hospital. So, after this is over with I will be calling my mom's doctor. I'm just trying to get through this as quickly as I can since I'm supposed to go out of state in a few days for our oldest daughter to graduate from high school (she moved out when she turned 18 but stayed in school). I don't want to miss her graduation and am hoping that this will all be done and over with before we have to leave on June 2nd. One reason that I think that it's a bunch of bull is because they offered me this medication to complete the miscarriage and also they offered me an IUD...isn't that interfering with fertility? Anyway, I would like to thank all of you for sharing your experiences so that I have some idea of what I'm in for when I take this tomorrow. I will try to get on here another time to put my experience on here after I take it.


oneloveamn - May 28th, 2011 3:55 PM

I had recently found out I was pregnate went to my first ob appointment and she said there was something wrong i was 7 weeks into my pregnancy but there was no baby or heart beat she had me wait four days then return for hormone level checks and another u/s this time you could see a baby but my hormone levels werent going up like they were supposed to so she said i would have a miscarriage so she prescribed my cytotec 3 pills to take vaginally. i took my first pill last night woke up no cramping i took my second pill this afternoon have a little cramping but no bleeding i have to take my last pill tonight. hopefully i dont have to take them again because they are producing no result as of yet!!!


browneyes03171972 - May 29th, 2011 10:52 AM

Hi again. I'll try to put my experience on here but I'm still on the pain killers cuz I am still hurting and contracting some...but not as bad as yesterday. Personally, if I had it to do over again, I'd go for the D&C because needles don't scare me. I've never had surgery and that's why I chose these pills over that but I don't feel that it's worth being in labor this long and not have a baby to show for it. I was in labor for a shorter time with my other children (1st was 12 hours 6lbs 12oz, 2nd was 13 hours 8lbs 9oz, 3rd was 8 hours 7lbs 13oz)

10am - took 1st dose Misoprostol 200mcg
1027am - Cramps started so took 1 generic Vicodin 5/500mg tablet bleeding got slightly heavier and passed some small blood clots.
2pm - took 2nd dose (doses are 2 pills per dose)
2:27pm - the contractions are getting harder and closer together I really wish that I would have made arrangements for my 5 year old to stay with my mom cuz she's being bad today...she's rarely ever bad but she's decided to be bad today. :( I would suggest that if your husband can't be with you and you have other little ones around that you arrange for an adult family member to stay with you that can handle your younger ones or you send them off with an adult. Even with the pain medication your still in quite a bit of pain. I'm passing bigger blood clots now...probably the lining.
6pm - took 3rd dose...pain seems to get worse with each dose.
627pm - took pain pill
7:30pm - I feel like I'm in full blown labor, I want an epidural now. I couldn't imagine doing this without anything but I feel like the pills aren't even helping a bit right now.
7:45pm I felt something trying to come out so I ran to the bathroom & couldn't sit on the toilet fast enough. The yolk sac fell on the floor..luckily the bigger clots and a bunch of blood made it in the toilet. My 5 yr old grossed out my 17 yr old. said yuk, she asked me what happened & I told her. She said, "Let me see." My 17 yr old said, "Ewwee, but your eating." And the 5 yr old said, "So, I want 2 see what it looks like." So, I asked her to get my some paper towel so that I could clean it up while I was on the toilet. I was hoping that by staying on the toilet and pushing that more would come out but not much more really came out. When my 5 yr old saw it, she said, "Neat. It looks like round jello with blood in it." That comment was gross, especially considering that she was eating a banana while she was looking at it.
8:15pm - I took an extra pain pill cuz I couldn't take it anymore.
10pm - 4th dose
10:36 - pain meds
11:29 - I'm staggering the pain medication just in case there comes a time that I don't need 2. Although directions say just 1, I don't care. It's not working at all with just one. I know how much I can handle on this cuz they gave it to me when I had my last daughter and I also used it when I had some teeth pulled almost 10 years ago.
2:36am - Still in a lot of pain maybe if I take another then I can sleep. I need an epidural! I never once cussed, yelled or screamed while in labor with any of my 3 daughters...but I was crying through this at times. This is so NOT worth it! If I wasn't going to make sure that this will NEVER happen again then..and if it ever did happen again then I'd go for the D&C instead.
sometime after 5am - I ended up passing out. I think that the pain just got to be too much or I was just to exhausted from this ordeal. One minute I was breathing through the contracting and watching tv. The next thing I knew the dog was waking me up around 8:45am.
9am - My lower abdominal area is so tender...the contractions is still going on but the bleeding has slowed down. I took 2 pain pills to help. Will taper off the pain pills today if the pain gets better today....I hate to take pills so I usually haven't stayed on pain pills as long as they tell me to whenever I've been on them.

I did have diarrhea but not that bad. It usually hit within an hour after the doses and didn't last that long. I didn't vomit but I think that it's because I usually ate a small meal each time I took the meds. Although, I was pretty nauseous after the last dose even though I did that...although could have been since I doubled the pain meds. Cuz I'm still really nauseous now and I've only had pain and pain meds. I do not believe that I've passed everything but I'll find out at the doctors appt on Tuesday hopefully, since I'm supposed to go out of state on Wednesday. I hate that we've all gone through this. It really sux!!! But I hope that by putting my experience on here it can help someone else.


marjedene - June 1st, 2011 10:45 AM

I took cytotec 2 days ago.. The doctor said I have to insert 2 tabs vaginally then drink 2 tabs every 6 hours.. After 2nd dose I got light bleeding for 2 hours..The 2 tablets went out so I inserted it again.. after few mins i passed it out again and I wasn't able to re-insert it because I passed it on the toilet while urinating.. Then after 2 hours the bleeding stopped.. I took the 3rd dose and still not bleeding.. No cramps.. No bleeding.. Just severe diarrhea and vomiting.. I can't even eat.. My cervix is still intact and my breast are still swollen.. the doctor said we will wait for a week before he will give me another dose...

I hope I won't undergo D&C.. that'll cost us too much.. my hubby's salary is not that big.. and I'm still looking for a job..I hope the next dose will work.. but I don't want to have the diarrhea and vomiting anymore..


shanty - June 2nd, 2011 1:28 AM

Hi, I just read your post. I too used cytotec, you can see my story above. I just wanted to let you know that I had to retake the same medication due to remaining tissues. I was given a lesser dose (100mcg) and the pills were different looking then the first time. If you got the small round pills maybe ask for the octagon pills (200mcg). They are bigger and seem to dissolve better.This last dose I took didnt do anything for me and now Im going to doc tomorrow to find out if I need a D&C anyways. I hope that your next dose works out and sorry to hear that you are enduring this process.


lilmissashhleyy - June 4th, 2011 10:25 PM

So after 9 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, I found out on 5/31/11 my baby was only measuring at 5/29/11 (9 weeks 1 day) with no heartbeat. It was the most heartbreaking moment in my life. My doctor did two ultrasounds and sent me to an ultrasound place for confirmation. Well I had a follow up appointment on June 3rd 2011, my doctor told me my blood pressure has been too high and my thyroid shut down because of the pregnancy hormone so I needed to get the baby out for my safety as soon as possible. She really wanted to do a D&C but for three reasons I did not want to 1. It can perforate your uterus and hurt your chances of having more babies, 2. I don’t like surgeries, 3. I felt I owed it to my baby to deliver her vaginally , and I kinda wanted to see her too! ( Im going to school to be an OB/GYN so this stuff fascinates me and also I just really wanted to meet my little one). So the doctor sent me home with four vaginal cyotecs/misoprostols to insert all at the same time, also gave me 20 norco/vicodin , and 600 mg ibuprofens. Now after reading all the horror stories online I was so nervous and DID NOT want to do this at all, I wanted to do this all naturally for my mental sake, but my doctor insisted my health was more important. So pretty much I was prepared for anything and the worst! But this was the best story I think, out of all the misoprostol/cyotec stories. So you can read on with ease and I hope your experience is the same! Along with the schedual I am about to read you, my mom was making sure my temperature didn’t rise or decrease and was also taking my blood pressure every two hours because these pills have different and interesting stories and she is a worry wart. So here was my schedule: 6/3/2011
1. Inserted four cyotec 200 mg tablets into my vagina at 7pm and also took 600 mg of ibuprofen, and laid down for two hours and didn’t use the batheroom.
2. At 8:52pm I took my 5 mg tablet or norco/vicadin because I started to feel light cramping and I knew it would probably only get worse from there. At 9pm the cramps were about a 3 on a 10 scale of pain. I also had a heating pad this entire time up until the next day, which really helped. When my cramps began I also put a pad in (regular size pad)
3. Then I took vicadin again at 12:07am and noticed my water had broke and a couple moments later some blood came. Cramps were now a 8 on a 10 scale, and I took more ibuprofen 600 mg at 12:30am
4. At 12:50am there was a lot of blood and had to change my pad, I went to the batheroom and blood was leaking which my mom reassured me is okay for a lot of blood in the beginning before the blood clots pass so in the beginning DO NOT FREAK OUT LIKE I DID!!! I almost passed out until my mom reminded me it was fine and I wasn’t dying lol..
5. Then at 3:15am I took vicadin and had no cramps, this point I kept heating the hot pad and it really helped a lot. I drank lots and lots of water this whole time and ate what I could because I kept getting nauseous at different points in time, but I knew I had to eat so I wouldn’t be unstable.
6. Then at about 5:00am I got up to go pee and I had some blood that I noticed wasn’t really leaking so I wiped and went to stand up and out plopped my little baby =) and her placenta at 5:03am. It did not hurt at all it just felt like a slimey worm slipping out my vagina (for lack of better words) depending on how far along you are you should be able to see it, I was 9 weeks so mine was about a inch to a inch and a half long and could tell the head legs arms and eyes, it was very special and I loved that I got to witness this. At this point I felt like a new borns mother and could not sleep (im not sure why but everything was a relief) and me personally wanted to bury my baby so my mom put her in a paper towel (with gloves on) and put the paper towel in two ziplock bags.
7. I took another ibuprofen at 5:30am, and my stomach did not feel like period cramps anymore it was a interesting feeling, like pulling apart in your stomach.. not painful just weird.
8. Then at 5:45am I passed three dime size clots then a fourth one that was about the size of four fingers put together in a clot, pretty big. And it felt really weird coming out. Not to mention it looked really weird coming out.
9. I also took another vicadin at 6am
10. Woke up at about 7:20am to find a little blood on my pad and walked to the batheroom to go pee and there was a little more blood not a lot just kinda like on your period when it drips, and a blood clot about the size of a silver dollar came out
11. At the point ive had no more cramps, just a lot of gas. I took another vicadin at 9:30am
12. I woke up at 11am and was starting not to have as much blood just a little strip in the pad and I took more ibuprofen (only because my mom said that sometimes more pain can come later after you pass the baby) I wasn’t having any more pain
13. Took another vicadin at 1:30pm, this whole time I have also still been taking my prenatal pills for nutrients and nutrition and my mom suggested to keep taking for one week after this whole miscarriage happens so my body can recooperate.
14. Again on 6/4/11 I took a ibuprofen at 4:30pm and will take another vicadin at 7:30pm, my mom advised if I have no more pain today I can stop taking all these pain pills tomorrow (im not a pain pill person I don’t like being on pills and especially vicadin cause it makes me feel weird)

This has been my experience so far, I would definitely do this over again because it helped me to some what gain closure over the sad death of my baby. It was not too painful and excruciating as everyone made it out to be. I would definitely say have someone with you ( I had my mom) because they can help you with everything you need and if you feel like youre bleeding a lot they can reassure you you aren’t dying, or maybe you are and they need to call 911, but they can get you water, heat your pads, and bring you food. It is also good (when you aren’t in a lot of pain) to walk around so you pass the clots and get the blood out. I have a follow up with my OB on Monday 6/6/11 at 11:30am so if I can update this I will to tell you how everything went but goodluck and I hope this helped!


lolarae - June 9th, 2011 11:16 AM

I read these stories here after getting prescribed Misoprostol to get an idea of what to expect. To tell you the truth, reading all these stories scared the hell out of me. I was terrified to take them, and scared they wouldn't work. I even held on to them for two weeks, thinking I would let my miscarriage pass naturally. I decided it was finally time to get it over with the other night and It seems the drugs have done their job.

7:30pm: I took four Misoprostol pills orally and let them dissolve in the four quadrants of my mouth. Then I passed out for an hour or two.

9:30pm: Began some mild cramping, no more than regular period cramps though.

11:00pm: Now started the more intense cramps and bleeding. I didn't think that the pain was too severe, but I figured why sit through it when I can take some pain medicine? hah. oh, convenience.

12:00am: Passed a shriveled clementine-sized tissue.

From then on the cramping mostly subsided and I just had heavy bleeding with lots of clots. I was soaking through a pad about every hour or so. But by this time, it just felt like an extremely heavy period.

I am so grateful that my experience was virtually simple. I even felt physically fine enough to go to work the next morning. Alas, I called in anyhow; the fear of bleeding through my pants instilled. Emotionally, I was drained and wouldn't have had the courage if not for my husband's support. We ate Cream-sicles and watched Clerks at 1:00am. :)

I was worried that taking the pills orally would cause abdominal problems as well (i.e. diarrhea, vomiting) but thankfully I didn't experience any of that. Phew, I think it's over!


shanty - June 29th, 2011 12:20 AM

Just wanted to post my outcomes post cytotec. I ended up going in for a D&C on June 6th for retaining tissues. I wouldnt change my initail decision, but thought Id share my follow up.


milehighstory - June 29th, 2011 3:35 PM

I read all of these stories before my first miscarriage so that I could make an informed decision. Before I tell my story, I wanted to summarize some observations that I noted from reading everyone's stories:

(1) You can hemorrhage or end up having to have a D&C because you don't pass everything, but that could be the consequence of a natural miscarriage also.
(2) It does hurt when the contractions get going. Ask for painkillers - real ones. If your doctor does not give them to you, I would suggest not going this route.
(3) Make sure you have someone with you to monitor you. If you bleed more than a pad an hour, turn white, get the shakes, get cold - go to the hospital.
(4) Once you pass the sac/baby you will get a wave of relief and all the pain will not seem so bad.
(5) You will see the sac/baby and it is not for the faint of heart.

Now my story:

An informal ultrasound on November 30th had showed a very small something with what may or may not have been a heartbeat. It was intravaginal and took so long to see, I knew something was wrong. The midwife who did it did not seem concerned, she probably assumed my dates were off (but I knew they were not). Towards the beginning of December 2011, I got really sick with a debilitating cold and my urine tested positive for Strep B. I was put on antibiotics since the level of Strep B was so high it was considered life threatening. I started to feel better but on December 15th when I was just over 10 weeks pregnant, but I felt like something was wrong and insisted on having an ultrasound. My hunch was correct – there was an empty sac measuring 8.5 weeks. Since the first ultrasound was not official, I was diagnosed with a blighted ovum (if there was something there on Nov 30th my body may have reabsorbed the baby in the interim).

I was given the option of a D&C, waiting or using Misoprostol. After discussing the options, I choose Misoprostol and did more research at home – including reading this site – before I had my first dose. That Wednesday at 4pm I put 4 – 200mg Misoprostol tablets under my cervix. I had some cramps later in the evening and some heavy cramps around 3am, but not much bleeding beyond when I was sitting on the toilet. Thursday at midnight a golf ball size of grey matter passed. What I realized was that was the Misoprostol. I had not applied it correctly (two on each side of the cervix) or used a bit of water to moisten the pills once they were in to help with the dissolving. I took Hyrdocodone/APAP 5mg/325mg every four hours during this time.

Friday night at 1am I took the second dose (4 – 200mg Misoprostol) doing it properly thinking that it would take a while to start working. I feel asleep until 3am when I awoke to heavy cramping. I took another Hydrocodone/APAP 5mg/325mg pill and let nature take its course. By 6:30am I was having what felt like heavy contractions. Although another four hours had not passed, I took another Hydrocodone pill because the pain was so strong. Around 7am I was on the toilet pushing and felt something slick and large “pop” out of me. Instantly I felt relief.

For the women out here who have the urge to fish what came out of your body out of the toilet, know you are not alone. I fished it out and it was my sac the size of a liver – intact. I wrapped it in a pad and put it in a paper bag so that my husband and I could bury it (which we did a few days later).

Three days later I passed another small bit of matter (some light cramping helped push that out). I continued to bleed for a few weeks. It took four weeks for my hCG levels to drop below 5. Mentally it took me about 3 months for the grieving to subside (with the help of a psychologist). I always planned on writing this up, but it was too hard emotionally to do so. However, it is now six months later and I am in the process of miscarriage #2 induced with Misoprostol again (another blighted ovum) and figured I would write up last time’s experience while I wait this one out. I am going to keep track of this second experience and post it once it is all said and done.


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