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annabear - April 28th, 2012 6:51 PM

Like many others, I am writing my experience because I found this site to be incredibly helpful. My experience is a bit different, but admittedly I have not read all 14 pages. I will begin by saying, this is my first m/c, but 2nd pregnancy. I gave birth to my son 3.5 years ago naturally - I write that because I found myself constantly comparing this drug-induced experience with giving birth. In retrospect, taking misoprostol was something in between menstruating and giving birth. I should also note, I had a small baby bump, so that I could not button my pants - a constant reminder that I _was_ pregnant. At my first appt at 9 weeks, the OB told me that it measured 5.5 weeks and my hCG level was 44000(!). I decided to wait until my husband came back to town before taking misoprostol, because taking care of our son by myself, working full-time AND being laid up in bed for a whole day was not something I could handle. At 10.5 weeks (yesterday), I took 4 pills orally (800 mcg?). Here's how it went:
2:15pm (after lunch): take 4 pills. Was prepared to stay in bed all day.
2:25pm (!): slight cramping began. constant but slight. took 2 OTC advil (ibuprofen)
3:45pm: brown spotting. Around then, I found this site, but read only the 1st page. Walked around because somebody recommended it. Did the dishes. Then, went back to bed.
5pm: major cramps. like extremely bad menstrual cramps. constant, so it was not like labor. thank goodness for my heating pad and netflix.
5:30pm: clots (half-dollar size & quarter size).
6pm: more clots, like earlier.
6:30pm: 2 more advil. smaller clots. at some point, more smaller clots.
8:15pm: cramps became intermittent, much like the beginnings of labor. maybe 5 min apart. bleeding was very slight. I was thinking the worst was over because I'd read this drug take 6 hours to peak. Also, reading some of the posts convinced me that all my clots were out. but i was wrong. anyway, my stomach began rumbling a lot and there was some gas, but that's it. i had eaten dinner a little earlier.
~11pm: I fell asleep with consistently intermittent cramps. But I fell asleep easily with a heating pad pressed to my abdomen.
1am: I woke up with a pad soaked in blood and released med clot (half-dollar sized) into the toilet (sorry for the details).
1-3am: woke up every 30 min to change my soaked pad. released a med size clot each time.
4am: woke up to change a soaked pad. can't remember if there was another clot
5am: woke up to change a soaked pad. definitely released a clot -- the largest one yet, small egg size. still cramping intermittently, like the beginnings of labor.
6am: bleeding became very menstruation-like. did not need to change pad.
9am: woke up feeling relatively normal, yet slightly fatigued ... like I'd had the flu. diarrhea.
It's now 1pm. My baby belly is definitely gone (sad, but relieved to not have the constant reminder). I've had ever-so-slight cramps (took 1 advil here and there). I can tell I still have some hormones in my system, but I'm relieved it's over. Of course, I will need to get another u/s to ensure all the tissue is out.

If I had to do it again, I don't know if I would take the pills in the middle of the day. I didn't realize it would take 12-16 hours to complete everything, until I read these posts. On the other hand, maybe it was good to sleep thru many of the intermittent contractions, which was clearly my uterus preparing itself, like with childbirth. BTW, i had done hypbirth with my son. I wish I had done hypbirth after taking misoprostol. Regardless, I highly recommend a heating pad. I set it warmer than I usually do -- very helpful. Thank you for providing this forum. It's a wonderful, helpful, reassuring resource.

Good luck to anybody reading this. It's not pleasant, but you can do it.


annabear - April 28th, 2012 6:52 PM

Like many others, I am writing my experience because I found this site to be incredibly helpful. My experience is a bit different, but admittedly I have not read all 14 pages. I will begin by saying, this is my first m/c, but 2nd pregnancy. I gave birth to my son 3.5 years ago naturally - I write that because I found myself constantly comparing this drug-induced experience with giving birth. In retrospect, taking misoprostol was something in between menstruating and giving birth. I should also note, I had a small baby bump, so that I could not button my pants - a constant reminder that I _was_ pregnant. At my first appt at 9 weeks, the OB told me that it measured 5.5 weeks and my hCG level was 44000(!). I decided to wait until my husband came back to town before taking misoprostol, because taking care of our son by myself, working full-time AND being laid up in bed for a whole day was not something I could handle. At 10.5 weeks (yesterday), I took 4 pills orally (800 mcg?). Here's how it went:
2:15pm (after lunch): take 4 pills. Was prepared to stay in bed all day.
2:25pm (!): slight cramping began. constant but slight. took 2 OTC advil (ibuprofen)
3:45pm: brown spotting. Around then, I found this site, but read only the 1st page. Walked around because somebody recommended it. Did the dishes. Then, went back to bed.
5pm: major cramps. like extremely bad menstrual cramps. constant, so it was not like labor. thank goodness for my heating pad and netflix.
5:30pm: clots (half-dollar size & quarter size).
6pm: more clots, like earlier.
6:30pm: 2 more advil. smaller clots. at some point, more smaller clots.
8:15pm: cramps became intermittent, much like the beginnings of labor. maybe 5 min apart. bleeding was very slight. I was thinking the worst was over because I'd read this drug take 6 hours to peak. Also, reading some of the posts convinced me that all my clots were out. but i was wrong. anyway, my stomach began rumbling a lot and there was some gas, but that's it. i had eaten dinner a little earlier.
~11pm: I fell asleep with consistently intermittent cramps. But I fell asleep easily with a heating pad pressed to my abdomen.
1am: I woke up with a pad soaked in blood and released med clot (half-dollar sized) into the toilet (sorry for the details).
1-3am: woke up every 30 min to change my soaked pad. released a med size clot each time.
4am: woke up to change a soaked pad. can't remember if there was another clot
5am: woke up to change a soaked pad. definitely released a clot -- the largest one yet, small egg size. still cramping intermittently, like the beginnings of labor.
6am: bleeding became very menstruation-like. did not need to change pad.
9am: woke up feeling relatively normal, yet slightly fatigued ... like I'd had the flu. diarrhea.
It's now 1pm. My baby belly is definitely gone (sad, but relieved to not have the constant reminder). I've had ever-so-slight cramps (took 1 advil here and there). I can tell I still have some hormones in my system, but I'm relieved it's over. Of course, I will need to get another u/s to ensure all the tissue is out.

If I had to do it again, I don't know if I would take the pills in the middle of the day. I didn't realize it would take 12-16 hours to complete everything, until I read these posts. On the other hand, maybe it was good to sleep thru many of the intermittent contractions, which was clearly my uterus preparing itself, like with childbirth. BTW, i had done hypbirth with my son. I wish I had done hypbirth after taking misoprostol. Regardless, I highly recommend a heating pad. I set it warmer than I usually do -- very helpful. Thank you for providing this forum. It's a wonderful, helpful, reassuring resource.

Good luck to anybody reading this. It's not easy, but you can do it.


kitten240 - May 2nd, 2012 7:13 PM

Hi....I was 7 weeks pregnant and started miscarrying but it failed to complete naturally...now my doctor has prescribed 200 mcg misoprostol to be taken orally 1 pill, 3 times a day for seven days. I am confused as most posts I read say they are taken either vaginally or three or four in one dose. Has anyone else been prescribed what seems to be such a minimal amount and for so long?


kitten240 - May 2nd, 2012 7:13 PM

Hi....I was 7 weeks pregnant and started miscarrying but it failed to complete naturally...now my doctor has prescribed 200 mcg misoprostol to be taken orally 1 pill, 3 times a day for seven days. I am confused as most posts I read say they are taken either vaginally or three or four in one dose. Has anyone else been prescribed what seems to be such a minimal amount and for so long?


Magnolia - May 9th, 2012 9:10 AM

Hi everyone,
I want to start off by saying I am so sorry that you all had to go through this. I am a train wreck of emotions right now. I bounce back from being okay to being a crying mess several times throughout the day.

My story really starts before I even realized what had happened. I went to bed on April 11th (approximately 8 weeks)feeling some mild cramping, I was a tiny bit worried, but just wrote it off as being over tired. It had been a crazy busy week. I woke up early in the morning to the sound of my daughter crying (she had a cold the whole week and was in clingy mommy mode) but when I woke up I was feeling alarmed that the cramping I had fallen asleep with was still happening, along with very mild lower back pain. I am kind of an anxious person, so I started to get chills, cold sweats and my heart was racing because I was so scared that I was losing the baby. The thought of losing the baby was making me feel so sick. I couldn't go in to see what was wrong with my daughter because I knew I would pass out from anxiety. Eventually she stopped crying, and I regained my composure,and assured myself that all was okay.

Pregnancy went on as normal until the evening of Sunday April 29th(11 weeks pregnant). I noticed when I went to the washroom and I wiped there was a tiny streak of pink. I was not bleeding or even enough to consider it spotting, but mild cramps had continued on and off for a few weeks. I felt like something was wrong, and even though everyone tried to reassure me that spotting, cramps were normal pregnancy symptoms, I took a trip to the ER, just to be on the safe side.

The emergency room was really busy, and they said I would have to go back the following day for an ultrasound anyways since the technicians don't work at night. Just as I was preparing to leave, a nurse who had heard my story offered to do a quick ultrasound scan "just to set my mind at ease". As soon as he put the ultrasound probe on my tummy, he confirmed my worst fear. All I saw was a big, empty black space. There was no baby that I could make out on the ultrasound. He insisted that my dates were wrong, and booked me an appt with the emerg ultrasound tech for the next day.

The following day I went back for my full ultrasound, and while the tech seemed to be measuring something she had scanned in my uterus, I could not make it out as an 11 week old fetus. My HCG came back at 23,299. After lots of waiting they explained that it appeared the baby was gone. They asked me to come back in 2 days to repeat HCG betas. When I came back my betas were at 21,000. They said I could wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, I could do the misoprostol, or have a d&c. They said I was early enough that a d&c would not be the preferred option. They said there is more chance of complication with a d&c as it is surgery, I would be under anesthesia, and since I am such a completely anxious person I was so terrified of having a d&c.

I was scared even just to insert the misoprostol vaginally . The nurse said that they have found it is more effective if inserted vaginally than taken orally, and that symptoms of nausea diarrhea were less intense. So I agreed. They inserted the first 4 misoprostol tablets (200mg each)vaginally at the hospital at 12:00 noon, and told me to stay lying down for 10 minutes. They gave me a prescription for a 2nd dose of 4 tablets to take within 24 hrs only if the first dose did not work. They also wrote a prescription for tylenol 3. I went home. By 2:00 I started to have some cramps, and took regular tylenol. I did have some mild chills, and while the cramps were intensifying, they were not anything I could not handle (I usually get really bad cramps for the first couple hours with my regular periods, so this was similar, just lasted much longer than it would usually last). I had no diarrhea, no nausea. At around 5:30 I put a heat back on my tummy to help with the pain, and then at 6:00 I felt the first gush. Ran to the washroom, and there was lots of clots. By 7:30, I had passed the first bits of tissue. At 9:00 I passed a really big piece of tissue, and the cramping settled down. While I did look in the toilet at the stuff, I didn't have the courage to fish around and try to see if I could find a baby in there. Plus the nurse told me I would not see a baby, just pieces of tissue. The second piece of tissue looked like a large tube of skin. I am guessing it was the sac? I am not sure.

The following day the early pregnancy clinic at the hospital called and asked me how it went. I described what had happened, and they said not to take the second dose, because it sounded like it had been passed. The next few days I had moderate bleeding. On May 6th, I started to have cramps again and lower back pain and I passed another fairly big clot. & then I was fine.

I went back to work this Monday, and continued to have lots of bleeding in the mornings (probably because I don't have as much bleeding when I am lying down all night?), and moderate to light bleeding in the afternoons.

Today I am feeling depressed and tired, so I dropped my daughter off and am staying home. I have only had light bleeding/spotting today (10 days after taking the medication). I know this summary is really long, but it is the first time I have told my story from start to finish. I am really sad. I really wanted this baby, and I can't believe that one day I was pregnant and the next day I was not. It is so hard to fathom.

I would definitely recommend using misoprostol vaginally, and if it were to happen to me again (praying it wont) I would definitely choose this method over a d&c. My husband and I want to try again, right away. Has anyone else used this medication and had a successful pregnancy immediately after? I go to see my doctor this Friday, and he is going to schedule me in for an ultrasound to make sure everything has passed.

As for the miscarriage, all I can say is if you feel like something is wrong, don't doubt yourself. Go with your gut instinct. I really believe that night weeks before I found out, I was having a miscarriage. I should have gone to emerg that night. Even if they were not able to do something to help my baby, at least I would have dealt with the loss when it happened, and would have been a bit better and stronger by this point. Knowing that I had carried this baby for weeks after it had passed away makes it even harder.

Again, I am so sorry for all of you going through this experience. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. Wishing you all a quick recovery (both physically and emotionally).


Magnolia - May 9th, 2012 9:10 AM

Hi everyone,
I want to start off by saying I am so sorry that you all had to go through this. I am a train wreck of emotions right now. I bounce back from being okay to being a crying mess several times throughout the day.

My story really starts before I even realized what had happened. I went to bed on April 11th (approximately 8 weeks)feeling some mild cramping, I was a tiny bit worried, but just wrote it off as being over tired. It had been a crazy busy week. I woke up early in the morning to the sound of my daughter crying (she had a cold the whole week and was in clingy mommy mode) but when I woke up I was feeling alarmed that the cramping I had fallen asleep with was still happening, along with very mild lower back pain. I am kind of an anxious person, so I started to get chills, cold sweats and my heart was racing because I was so scared that I was losing the baby. The thought of losing the baby was making me feel so sick. I couldn't go in to see what was wrong with my daughter because I knew I would pass out from anxiety. Eventually she stopped crying, and I regained my composure,and assured myself that all was okay.

Pregnancy went on as normal until the evening of Sunday April 29th(11 weeks pregnant). I noticed when I went to the washroom and I wiped there was a tiny streak of pink. I was not bleeding or even enough to consider it spotting, but mild cramps had continued on and off for a few weeks. I felt like something was wrong, and even though everyone tried to reassure me that spotting, cramps were normal pregnancy symptoms, I took a trip to the ER, just to be on the safe side.

The emergency room was really busy, and they said I would have to go back the following day for an ultrasound anyways since the technicians don't work at night. Just as I was preparing to leave, a nurse who had heard my story offered to do a quick ultrasound scan "just to set my mind at ease". As soon as he put the ultrasound probe on my tummy, he confirmed my worst fear. All I saw was a big, empty black space. There was no baby that I could make out on the ultrasound. He insisted that my dates were wrong, and booked me an appt with the emerg ultrasound tech for the next day.

The following day I went back for my full ultrasound, and while the tech seemed to be measuring something she had scanned in my uterus, I could not make it out as an 11 week old fetus. My HCG came back at 23,299. After lots of waiting they explained that it appeared the baby was gone. They asked me to come back in 2 days to repeat HCG betas. When I came back my betas were at 21,000. They said I could wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, I could do the misoprostol, or have a d&c. They said I was early enough that a d&c would not be the preferred option. They said there is more chance of complication with a d&c as it is surgery, I would be under anesthesia, and since I am such a completely anxious person I was so terrified of having a d&c.

I was scared even just to insert the misoprostol vaginally . The nurse said that they have found it is more effective if inserted vaginally than taken orally, and that symptoms of nausea diarrhea were less intense. So I agreed. They inserted the first 4 misoprostol tablets (200mg each)vaginally at the hospital at 12:00 noon, and told me to stay lying down for 10 minutes. They gave me a prescription for a 2nd dose of 4 tablets to take within 24 hrs only if the first dose did not work. They also wrote a prescription for tylenol 3. I went home. By 2:00 I started to have some cramps, and took regular tylenol. I did have some mild chills, and while the cramps were intensifying, they were not anything I could not handle (I usually get really bad cramps for the first couple hours with my regular periods, so this was similar, just lasted much longer than it would usually last). I had no diarrhea, no nausea. At around 5:30 I put a heat back on my tummy to help with the pain, and then at 6:00 I felt the first gush. Ran to the washroom, and there was lots of clots. By 7:30, I had passed the first bits of tissue. At 9:00 I passed a really big piece of tissue, and the cramping settled down. While I did look in the toilet at the stuff, I didn't have the courage to fish around and try to see if I could find a baby in there. Plus the nurse told me I would not see a baby, just pieces of tissue. The second piece of tissue looked like a large tube of skin. I am guessing it was the sac? I am not sure.

The following day the early pregnancy clinic at the hospital called and asked me how it went. I described what had happened, and they said not to take the second dose, because it sounded like it had been passed. The next few days I had moderate bleeding. On May 6th, I started to have cramps again and lower back pain and I passed another fairly big clot. & then I was fine.

I went back to work this Monday, and continued to have lots of bleeding in the mornings (probably because I don't have as much bleeding when I am lying down all night?), and moderate to light bleeding in the afternoons.

Today I am feeling depressed and tired, so I dropped my daughter off and am staying home. I have only had light bleeding/spotting today (10 days after taking the medication). I know this summary is really long, but it is the first time I have told my story from start to finish. I am really sad. I really wanted this baby, and I can't believe that one day I was pregnant and the next day I was not. It is so hard to fathom.

I would definitely recommend using misoprostol vaginally, and if it were to happen to me again (praying it wont) I would definitely choose this method over a d&c. My husband and I want to try again, right away. Has anyone else used this medication and had a successful pregnancy immediately after? I go to see my doctor this Friday, and he is going to schedule me in for an ultrasound to make sure everything has passed.

As for the miscarriage, all I can say is if you feel like something is wrong, don't doubt yourself. Go with your gut instinct. I really believe that night weeks before I found out, I was having a miscarriage. I should have gone to emerg that night. Even if they were not able to do something to help my baby, at least I would have dealt with the loss when it happened, and would have been a bit better and stronger by this point. Knowing that I had carried this baby for weeks after it had passed away makes it even harder.

Again, I am so sorry for all of you going through this experience. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. Wishing you all a quick recovery (both physically and emotionally).


Magnolia - May 9th, 2012 9:16 AM

Hi everyone,
I want to start off by saying I am so sorry that you all had to go through this. I am a train wreck of emotions right now. I bounce back from being okay to being a crying mess several times throughout the day.
My story really starts before I even realized what had happened. I went to bed on April 11th (approximately 8 weeks)feeling some mild cramping, I was a tiny bit worried, but just wrote it off as being over tired. It had been a crazy busy week. I woke up early in the morning to the sound of my daughter crying (she had a cold the whole week and was in clingy mommy mode) but when I woke up I was feeling alarmed that the cramping I had fallen asleep with was still happening, along with very mild lower back pain. I am kind of an anxious person, so I started to get chills, cold sweats and my heart was racing because I was so scared that I was losing the baby. The thought of losing the baby was making me feel so sick. I couldn't go in to see what was wrong with my daughter because I knew I would pass out from anxiety. Eventually she stopped crying, and I regained my composure, and assured myself that all was okay.
Pregnancy went on as normal until the evening of Sunday April 29th (11 weeks pregnant). I noticed when I went to the washroom and I wiped there was a tiny streak of pink. I was not bleeding or even enough to consider it spotting, but mild cramps had continued on and off for a few weeks. I felt like something was wrong, and even though everyone tried to reassure me that spotting, cramps were normal pregnancy symptoms, I took a trip to the ER, just to be on the safe side.

The emergency room was really busy, and they said I would have to go back the following day for an ultrasound anyways since the technicians don't work at night. Just as I was preparing to leave, a nurse who had heard my story offered to do a quick ultrasound scan "just to set my mind at ease". As soon as he put the ultrasound probe on my tummy, he confirmed my worst fear. All I saw was a big, empty black space. There was no baby that I could make out on the ultrasound. He insisted that my dates were wrong, and booked me an appt with the emerg ultrasound tech for the next day.

The following day I went back for my full ultrasound, and while the tech seemed to be measuring something she had scanned in my uterus, I could not make it out as an 11 week old fetus. My HCG came back at 23,299. After lots of waiting they explained that it appeared the baby was gone. They asked me to come back in 2 days to repeat HCG betas. When I came back my betas were at 21,000. They said I could wait for the miscarriage to happen naturally, I could do the misoprostol, or have a d&c. They said I was early enough that a d&c would not be the preferred option. They said there is more chance of complication with a d&c as it is surgery, I would be under anesthesia, and since I am such a completely anxious person I was so terrified of having a d&c.

I was scared even just to vaginally insert the misoprostol. The nurse said that they have found it is more effective if inserted vaginally than taken orally, and that symptoms of nausea diarrhea were less intense. So I agreed. They inserted the first 4 misoprostol tablets (200mg each)vaginally at the hospital at 12:00 noon, and told me to stay lying down for 10 minutes. They gave me a prescription for a 2nd dose of 4 tablets to take within 24 hrs only if the first dose did not work. They also wrote a prescription for tylenol 3, but I didn’t fill it because I was scared I was going to start bleeding right away and I wanted to get home right away. By 2:00 I started to have some cramps, and took regular tylenol. I did have some mild chills, and while the cramps were intensifying, they were not anything I could not handle (I usually get really bad cramps for the first couple hours with my regular periods, so this was similar, just lasted much longer than it would usually last). I had no diarrhea, no nausea. At around 5:30 I put a heat back on my tummy to help with the pain, and then at 6:00 I felt the first gush. Ran to the washroom, and there was lots of clots. By 7:30, I had passed the first bits of tissue. At 9:00 I passed a really big piece of tissue, and the cramping settled down. While I did look in the toilet at the stuff, I didn't have the courage to fish around and try to see if I could find a baby in there. Plus the nurse told me I would not see a baby, just pieces of tissue. The second piece of tissue looked like a large tube of skin. I am guessing it was the sac? I am not sure.
The following day the early pregnancy clinic at the hospital called and asked me how it went. I described what had happened, and they said not to take the second dose, because it sounded like it had been passed. The next few days I had moderate bleeding. On May 6th, I started to have cramps again and lower back pain and I passed another fairly big clot. & then I was fine.
I went back to work this Monday, and continued to have lots of bleeding in the mornings (probably because I don't have as much bleeding when I am lying down all night?), and moderate to light bleeding in the afternoons.
Today I am feeling depressed and tired, so I dropped my daughter off and am staying home. I have only had light bleeding/spotting today (10 days after taking the medication). I know this summary is really long, but it is the first time I have told my story from start to finish. I am really sad. I really wanted this baby, and I can't believe that one day I was pregnant and the next day I was not. It is so hard to fathom.
I would definitely recommend using misoprostol vaginally, and if it were to happen to me again (praying it won’t) I would definitely choose this method over a d&c. My husband and I want to try again, right away. Has anyone else used this medication and had a successful pregnancy immediately after? I go to see my doctor this Friday, and he is going to schedule me in for an ultrasound to make sure everything has passed.
As for the miscarriage, all I can say is if you feel like something is wrong, don't doubt yourself. Go with your gut instinct. I really believe that night weeks before I found out, I was having a miscarriage. I should have gone to emerg that night. Even if they were not able to do something to help my baby, at least I would have dealt with the loss when it happened, and would have been a bit better and stronger by this point. Knowing that I had carried this baby for weeks after it had passed away makes it even harder.

Again, I am so sorry for all of you going through this experience. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. Wishing you all a quick recovery (both physically and emotionally).


JenLeigh80 - June 6th, 2012 9:04 AM

After reading pretty much every comment on this forum, I almost changed my mind and went with the dnc. I was diagnosed with a missed miscarriage when my baby measured 8 weeks and 2 days with no heartbeat. All during that week, I just couldn't believe that they were correct. Every day my pregnancy symptoms felt like they were getting worse. My breast grew more tender and my morning sickness increased. My ob had pushed the dnc on me. A week after being diagnosed, I just didn't "feel" that my baby was dead, so I made them do another ultrasound. I guess I was just in denial. I had had 2 healthy deliveries and just couldn't fathom this one not being the same. The ultrasound showed that my baby had gone down in size and was measuring at only 7 weeks and that the walls were closing in. I opted for misoprostol. I had to wait a whole day for the prescription due to my dr's handwriting. So I began to read all of these posts. I prepared myself for the worst by the majority of the threads. I had never had surgery before, so that is why I decided against the dnc. I didn't want to be put under. So, if you are reading this and are feeling negative about the pill, just remember that every woman is different. I am a very small person. The doctor prescribed me to take 4 pills, 200 mcg each, so 800 mcg all together by mouth. I took them with a 600 mg motrin around 5 pm last night. I have 2 school aged children and I just wanted this to take place either while they were sleeping or at school. I had read on here that it could take awhile. I had a friend come over just in case it was too painful and I couldn't take care of my kids alone or get them to school in the morning. Today is their last day of school and my youngest has a birthday coming up this weekend. Within a half hour of taking the pills, I did start cramping a little. It felt more like a light menstral cramp or gas like pains. Around 7:45, I was in the kitchen when I felt wetness coming out so I rushed in the bathroom. As soon as I sat down, blood started gushing. There was ALOT of it. That was the most frightening part of my experience. I cleaned up and went back out to the dining room. About 10-15 minutes later, again, I felt wetness coming out so I went back to the bathroom. Again, gush. It feels as tho you are peeing, but it's blood and not urine. This time it lasted alot longer. I was thinking, this can't be good. From what all I read it could take hours or even days and this is alot of blood. I'll end up bleeding to death. After the gushing started to stop, I felt something start to slide out. I barely had time to look down before it passed. I again got cleaned up and went to the dining room. This was about 8:15-8:30. I had only used one pad so far. I thought that I would continue with the bleeding and cramping, but every time I went to the bathroom, I found that I was barely bleeding. The cramping was very light as well. I went to bed around 10 and was restless for the majority of the night. This morning, I got up to get my girls ready for school and feel pretty much normal. I was a little weak and feel emotional, but physically, I think the worst is over. I didn't have to wake my friend that stayed with me. I took the girls to school and came home and so far hardly any cramping. The bleeding this morning is a little heavier than a normal period. I will be calling my ob as soon as the office is open. I think they will be doing an ultrasound to make sure everything has passed. But even if I need another dose, I will take them without any question. I think the worst part of this experience is the emotional part. I was nervous before taking the pills and I was sad for losing my baby. With the help of close family and friends and my pastor, I know I will get thru this. I do have 2 beautiful little girls that I feel very much blessed to have. My deepest sympathies go out to anyone who have lost their child. May God be with you all and you find a way to deal in a positive way.


JenLeigh80 - June 13th, 2012 12:01 PM

Hello again. I have some more to add since I posted last. Sunday I had a birthday party for my youngest child at the park/beach. Later that evening I started running a temperature. Then on Monday the temperature had raised and I began having a foul smelling discharge. I had stopped bleeding on Friday and had no bleeding on Saturday. I had started bleeding a little bit on Sunday. Tuesday morning which was yesterday I decided to call my ob. They wanted me to come in right away, so I did. He did an ultrasound which showed that my placenta hadn't completely come out. So I had to take the second dose of the pills, same as before along with an antibiotic. He also schedulded me to come in for a dnc for this morning. Last night, an hour after taking the 4 pills, I felt like I went into full blown labor. Last week it was more like gas pains so I didn't bother taking any kind of pain meds upon taking the 4 pills. Boy was that a bad idea. I did end up taking a vicodine, but of course it was too late. I waited about 45 minutes and took another one. I had my ob paged and he told me that I could go into the the emergency room and they would stable my pain and help this process go a little smoother. Every time I thought I was ready to go in and went to get up off of my floor the pain came back full blown and I was really light headed, so I didn't end up going into the hospital. I laid on my dining room floor from a little after 7pm until almost 11pm. I knew I needed to get cleaned up, but I just couldn't get the courage to move. My ob had called to check on me and told me that if it wasn't just clot like stuff that came out that I would probably not have to go in for a dnc this morning. I hadn't been able to check as I was still on the floor. Once I was able to sit up I got into a kitchen chair and sat there for awhile to try to get stable. I was weak and still very light headed. I managed to get into the bathroom, which I decided was better than to go upstairs where my shower is. I had passed a grayish colored tissue a pretty big size. So I decided that the doctor was probably right to tell me that I probably did not need to go get a dnc done this morning. I am feeling very sore and weak. My advice to anyone looking for advice is this...if the first round of pills does NOT completely work for you, I would recommend getting the dnc done. If I knew yesterday what I know now, I would've admitted in the hospital for the antibiotics for over night and went with the dnc this morning. I can tolerate ALOT of pain. I had my first child with only demoral, which didn't touch the contractions. Then with my youngest child, I had no pain meds at all. If I would have been able to get to the emergency room last night, you bet I would've done so! I'm not sure if it ended up being worse on me because I did have a high temperature due to infection or not. The first dose of the pills was a piece of cake. But I would never recommend the second dose to ANYONE.


JenLeigh80 - June 14th, 2012 10:33 AM

After posting yesterday, I did have a doctors appointment with my ob. I went in thinking that everything had passed the night before. Well, he did the ultrasound and there was still a little bit in there. I was devestated. He decided that he could manually remove what was left by some machine that he had in the office. I asked if it would hurt and all he said was it would be uncomfortable. I agreed to allow him to do it. I think basically it was a dnc without sedation. It was very painful. After checking with the ultrasound he made sure everything was out and then put 2 more of the pills up my bum. I told him I did not want anymore of those pills. But he said they would actually make me feel better this time and prevent me from bleeding to death. After I got home, I was just so afraid that it would put my body in labor mode again so I took a vicodine. I was still sore anyway. Last night I only got the chills and slight bleeding. My body feels like it's been run over by a semi truck. My stomach is very tender. It hurts to cough. It hurts to laugh. I'm not even sure if I would recommend to anyone now to even try the first dose of the pills. After what I just went thru, I wish I could turn back the clock and opt for the dnc. I have decided to get my tubes tied or go with another permanant procedure. I do not think I could handle this every happening again.


bigmama998 - July 2nd, 2012 3:33 PM

hi every one ....i'm 28 years old and i'm from saudi arabia and we don't have the option of abortion here ... i'm pregnant with twins and they have some sort of defects .... and here they wont allow me to abort my pregnancy .... i tryed to get hold of the cytotec but it seems imposeble .... we don't have it here and when i tryed to get it online they require prescription .... can any of you ship me the drug and i will pay for all the costs .... please help!


An123 - July 9th, 2012 6:36 PM

After a shock at my 8th week Dr appointment - I was suspected of a blighted ovum - I spent 2 weeks taking hcg levels and scans to confirm my miscarriage. This was my second pregnancy. I have a 2 year old daughter.
My Dr explained the available options - she preferred misoprostol vs d&c. I read all possible forums and so did my husband. we decided to try the medicine.
I took the first dose (800mg) friday night after dinner. Had mild cramps for an hour and waited for it to intensify and bleeding to start. well, nothing happened. i slept through the night and woke up the next morning without a drop of blood. According to what we had read the worst happened within few hours of the first dose. Was quite frustrated that the medicine did not work. Took the second dose in the morning anyway and this did not even give me cramps. All through the weekend (most of it) had light spotting and zero cramps.
During my first pregnancy I endured labour for a whole day and finally ended up with a c-section. I figured this was similar, may be I always get to "experience" all options!
My d&c was scheduled for tuesday (as a back up plan) and I braced myself for it.
At 7.30 pm sunday we were headed out for shopping and i started cramping. This was contraction like cramping coming in every few minutes. I still suspected nothing. The contractions got bad and I went giddy sitting in the backseat. My husband kept talking to me and my daughter (she was screaming seeing me passed out). I thought I needed to go to the ER...the pain was so intense. We finally got home and I managed to lie down. Took a pain killer and passed clots. The whole thing lasted 2 hours and stopped as suddenly as it had started. Now I was confused again. Was this bleeding not supposed to last longer. Figured this was incomplete and I probably did not pass all the tissues.
With a broken heart we went to see my Dr today. She did a scan and it was all gone! Yep...it took all of 2 hrs and of course 2 days after taking the medicine.
I was overjoyed and cancelled my d&c for tomorrow.
I wanted to share my experience cause reading through these forums helped me with my decision. And my Dr said she had never heard of a case where the medicine worked after 2 days.


Morgan C - July 14th, 2012 2:46 AM

First, i would like to start off by saying that i never wanted to go through with having an abortion. I am still in school (which i can hardly get by as is) and having a baby just isn't in the cards for me and my boyfriend. So please bear with me and try not to judge me for the mistakes i have made recently. I am embaressed to say that we had bought Cytotec online from India and it had just arrived during the begining of my 9th week of pregnancy. I had taken the first dose of 4 pills orally at 4:30pm, letting 2 dissolve in each cheek. It took a while for them to dissolve. After about a half hour of having them in my mouth, almost completely dissolved, i started to get extreme and unbearable cramping, nasea, fever, chills, diarrhea...everything. Meanwhile, having absolutlely no pain medication except for ibuprofen, which was barely doing anything. I eventually began to throw up. I tryed to hold it back but i couldnt help it. At the time i was afriad that i had thrown up all of the medicine and i had to go through the horrible process all over again. I was so sick that i had gone to take a bath and i believe i passed out from the pain, because i hurt way too much to just fall asleep. Although, i've never passed out before so i dont know what it's like. About 2 hours after passing out i woke up and i was bleeding a little bit. Since then i've had somewhat light bleeding (about one pad full) with a couple of tiny clots and no cramping. I'm am supposed to take the second dose at 4:30am but i am so afraid to do this over again because of how unbearable it was the first time. I desperately need advice...as soon as possible.


Hope2012 - July 23rd, 2012 10:08 PM

Hello everyone. I have read other's stories of their losses and they have all helped me tremendously so I hope that by posting mine I can help someone else. This was our first pregnancy, and I am 37. We tried for one month and were so excited to have our first baby coming. I didn't really have morning sickness, but I was very tired, had sore breasts, had to pee all the time and my belly was growing so much that I couldn't button my pants any longer after about 10 weeks. We went for my first ultrasound at 12 weeks and the technician very coldly informed us that the baby had died at 7 or 8 weeks. We were both shocked and devastated as I had no symptoms of anything going wrong. I still felt very pregnant and had absolutely no spotting or cramping whatsoever. I went to my GP a few days later and she told us the best thing to do was to take misoprostal to induce a missed miscarriage. She felt this was a better option than a D&C as she has seen scarring in her other patients. She sent me home and told me to put in 3 pills the next morning and it would happen in a few hours and would be nothing more than a bad heavy period. She also gave me a strong anti-inflammatory, something similar to x-strength advil. The next morning I put in 3 pills at about 7am. Nothing happened until about 3pm. I started to have some mild cramps, so I took the anti-inflammatories. Bleeding followed shortly, and I was so scared, I had no idea what was happening. I sat on the toilet and bawled my eyes out, because now the reality was hitting me that it was really over and we would not be having our baby in December. By about 4pm, the cramps turned into full-on labour like contractions. These strong contractions lasted for 4 hours. I just lay on the bed with my husband beside me and I writhed in pain hoping it would stop. The contractions would come about 5 minutes apart, decrease to 1 minute apart, then increase to 5 minutes apart. I was bleeding quite a bit, in those four hours I went through about 4-5 pads. I would get up and go to the toilet every 15min and just sit and cry and bleed. There was a lot of blood, but no tissue and few clots that were no bigger than 1/2 inch. Finally around 7pm the contractions seemed to give up and I fell asleep for about 20min. Then they came on so strong like the worst pain I have ever felt. I am a retired pro athlete as of last year so believe me I have put my body through intense pain but nothing compared to this. The contractions were now a minute apart or less and every time I had one I screamed. I felt like my uterus was going to contract itself right out of me. When I put my hand there it felt rock hard and it would tremble. I am not sure if I was making it worse by trying to control it, but the pain was unreal. At this point I had taken the maximum amount of prescribed painkillers but obviously they had done nothing. My husband called 911. Blood felt like it was pouring out of me. The ambulance attendants gave me a shot of morphine and I was in the hospital. At that point the contractions were manageable. I had soaked 2 pads in that hour, however the OB we saw at the hospital checked to see if I was still bleeding and it seemed to have subsided so he was not worried about hemorrhaging. At that point, I was still not passing any tissue, so he told us to go home and insert another 3 pills in the morning, along with a prescription of morphine. So the next morning I did it all over again, this time with a morphine every 3-4 hours. The next round was more manageable than the first round, however I only passed one large clot about 2 inches in diameter. The bleeding and cramps subsided and I thought it was over. I continued to bleed like a period for a week. 6 days later it started again on its own. More cramps, more morphine, and more bleeding. This round lasted about the same as the others, a day of cramping with blood and some small clots, again subsiding. Then I continued to bleed with a light period for about two weeks. The bleeding subsided slightly, but it never really stopped. Then, after I went for a run, two and a half weeks after I put in the first pills, I was standing in the shower and I felt something coming out of me. The fetus dropped out of me and landed on the floor of the tub. I had no idea what to do, I was in complete shock. There was our baby on the tub floor. I immediately picked it up and held it in my hand. It was a bit smaller than the size of my thumb. It really didn't look like a baby, but I knew that's what it was. It was a collection of different looking tissue in a sac. So I got out of the shower and wrapped it up in toilet paper. Later I went and buried it in our back yard among a patch of ferns. Then I stopped spotting. Finally I thought it was over. Over the 2.5 weeks my belly was shrinking and my breasts were not as sore. I went for a follow-up ultrasound as directed by my doctor once the bleeding had stopped. It was horrible, I was sitting in a waiting room full of a dozen giddy happy pregnant women and their partners. More bad news. I still had a piece of placenta and a big blood clot stuck inside me. My doctor called me and said it was going to come out on its own and to be patient. Sure enough, two days after the US I started bleeding like a period and passed the clot. But then I just kept on bleeding lightly. Another ultrasound showed a small piece of something still inside me, now 4.5 weeks after I first inserted the pills. My doctor ordered a blood test to test my HCG levels to see if the tissue inside me would have to be removed as I would not have a period if they were still high. Fortunately, I finally heard some good news as my HCG levels were at zero. Now, it is nearly 8 weeks after I first started the misoprostal and I am finally cramping and having a period. My husband has been very supportive through all of this, I believe he felt everything and cried with me when times were really tough. If it happens again, I am not sure I would go the misoprostal route since my body didn't pass the fetus and it was horribly painful. I would probably wait and let it happen naturally. I did not become infected even though the fetus and placenta was inside of me for so long. We are going to start trying again next month, and no matter what happens, I will always think of the baby we had.


Hope2012 - July 23rd, 2012 10:09 PM

Hello everyone. I have read other's stories of their losses and they have all helped me tremendously so I hope that by posting mine I can help someone else. This was our first pregnancy, and I am 37. We tried for one month and were so excited to have our first baby coming. I didn't really have morning sickness, but I was very tired, had sore breasts, had to pee all the time and my belly was growing so much that I couldn't button my pants any longer after about 10 weeks. We went for my first ultrasound at 12 weeks and the technician very coldly informed us that the baby had died at 7 or 8 weeks. We were both shocked and devastated as I had no symptoms of anything going wrong. I still felt very pregnant and had absolutely no spotting or cramping whatsoever. I went to my GP a few days later and she told us the best thing to do was to take misoprostal to induce a missed miscarriage. She felt this was a better option than a D&C as she has seen scarring in her other patients. She sent me home and told me to put in 3 pills the next morning and it would happen in a few hours and would be nothing more than a bad heavy period. She also gave me a strong anti-inflammatory, something similar to x-strength advil. The next morning I put in 3 pills at about 7am. Nothing happened until about 3pm. I started to have some mild cramps, so I took the anti-inflammatories. Bleeding followed shortly, and I was so scared, I had no idea what was happening. I sat on the toilet and bawled my eyes out, because now the reality was hitting me that it was really over and we would not be having our baby in December. By about 4pm, the cramps turned into full-on labour like contractions. These strong contractions lasted for 4 hours. I just lay on the bed with my husband beside me and I writhed in pain hoping it would stop. The contractions would come about 5 minutes apart, decrease to 1 minute apart, then increase to 5 minutes apart. I was bleeding quite a bit, in those four hours I went through about 4-5 pads. I would get up and go to the toilet every 15min and just sit and cry and bleed. There was a lot of blood, but no tissue and few clots that were no bigger than 1/2 inch. Finally around 7pm the contractions seemed to give up and I fell asleep for about 20min. Then they came on so strong like the worst pain I have ever felt. I am a retired pro athlete as of last year so believe me I have put my body through intense pain but nothing compared to this. The contractions were now a minute apart or less and every time I had one I screamed. I felt like my uterus was going to contract itself right out of me. When I put my hand there it felt rock hard and it would tremble. I am not sure if I was making it worse by trying to control it, but the pain was unreal. At this point I had taken the maximum amount of prescribed painkillers but obviously they had done nothing. My husband called 911. Blood felt like it was pouring out of me. The ambulance attendants gave me a shot of morphine and I was in the hospital. At that point the contractions were manageable. I had soaked 2 pads in that hour, however the OB we saw at the hospital checked to see if I was still bleeding and it seemed to have subsided so he was not worried about hemorrhaging. At that point, I was still not passing any tissue, so he told us to go home and insert another 3 pills in the morning, along with a prescription of morphine. So the next morning I did it all over again, this time with a morphine every 3-4 hours. The next round was more manageable than the first round, however I only passed one large clot about 2 inches in diameter. The bleeding and cramps subsided and I thought it was over. I continued to bleed like a period for a week. 6 days later it started again on its own. More cramps, more morphine, and more bleeding. This round lasted about the same as the others, a day of cramping with blood and some small clots, again subsiding. Then I continued to bleed with a light period for about two weeks. The bleeding subsided slightly, but it never really stopped. Then, after I went for a run, two and a half weeks after I put in the first pills, I was standing in the shower and I felt something coming out of me. The fetus dropped out of me and landed on the floor of the tub. I had no idea what to do, I was in complete shock. There was our baby on the tub floor. I immediately picked it up and held it in my hand. It was a bit smaller than the size of my thumb. It really didn't look like a baby, but I knew that's what it was. It was a collection of different looking tissue in a sac. So I got out of the shower and wrapped it up in toilet paper. Later I went and buried it in our back yard among a patch of ferns. Then I stopped spotting. Finally I thought it was over. Over the 2.5 weeks my belly was shrinking and my breasts were not as sore. I went for a follow-up ultrasound as directed by my doctor once the bleeding had stopped. It was horrible, I was sitting in a waiting room full of a dozen giddy happy pregnant women and their partners. More bad news. I still had a piece of placenta and a big blood clot stuck inside me. My doctor called me and said it was going to come out on its own and to be patient. Sure enough, two days after the US I started bleeding like a period and passed the clot. But then I just kept on bleeding lightly. Another ultrasound showed a small piece of something still inside me, now 4.5 weeks after I first inserted the pills. My doctor ordered a blood test to test my HCG levels to see if the tissue inside me would have to be removed as I would not have a period if they were still high. Fortunately, I finally heard some good news as my HCG levels were at zero. Now, it is nearly 8 weeks after I first started the misoprostal and I am finally cramping and having a period. My husband has been very supportive through all of this, I believe he felt everything and cried with me when times were really tough. If it happens again, I am not sure I would go the misoprostal route since my body didn't pass the fetus and it was horribly painful. I would probably wait and let it happen naturally. I did not become infected even though the fetus and placenta was inside of me for so long. We are going to start trying again next month, and no matter what happens, I will always think of the baby we had.


Hope2012 - July 23rd, 2012 10:09 PM

Hello everyone. I have read other's stories of their losses and they have all helped me tremendously so I hope that by posting mine I can help someone else. This was our first pregnancy, and I am 37. We tried for one month and were so excited to have our first baby coming. I didn't really have morning sickness, but I was very tired, had sore breasts, had to pee all the time and my belly was growing so much that I couldn't button my pants any longer after about 10 weeks. We went for my first ultrasound at 12 weeks and the technician very coldly informed us that the baby had died at 7 or 8 weeks. We were both shocked and devastated as I had no symptoms of anything going wrong. I still felt very pregnant and had absolutely no spotting or cramping whatsoever. I went to my GP a few days later and she told us the best thing to do was to take misoprostal to induce a missed miscarriage. She felt this was a better option than a D&C as she has seen scarring in her other patients. She sent me home and told me to put in 3 pills the next morning and it would happen in a few hours and would be nothing more than a bad heavy period. She also gave me a strong anti-inflammatory, something similar to x-strength advil. The next morning I put in 3 pills at about 7am. Nothing happened until about 3pm. I started to have some mild cramps, so I took the anti-inflammatories. Bleeding followed shortly, and I was so scared, I had no idea what was happening. I sat on the toilet and bawled my eyes out, because now the reality was hitting me that it was really over and we would not be having our baby in December. By about 4pm, the cramps turned into full-on labour like contractions. These strong contractions lasted for 4 hours. I just lay on the bed with my husband beside me and I writhed in pain hoping it would stop. The contractions would come about 5 minutes apart, decrease to 1 minute apart, then increase to 5 minutes apart. I was bleeding quite a bit, in those four hours I went through about 4-5 pads. I would get up and go to the toilet every 15min and just sit and cry and bleed. There was a lot of blood, but no tissue and few clots that were no bigger than 1/2 inch. Finally around 7pm the contractions seemed to give up and I fell asleep for about 20min. Then they came on so strong like the worst pain I have ever felt. I am a retired pro athlete as of last year so believe me I have put my body through intense pain but nothing compared to this. The contractions were now a minute apart or less and every time I had one I screamed. I felt like my uterus was going to contract itself right out of me. When I put my hand there it felt rock hard and it would tremble. I am not sure if I was making it worse by trying to control it, but the pain was unreal. At this point I had taken the maximum amount of prescribed painkillers but obviously they had done nothing. My husband called 911. Blood felt like it was pouring out of me. The ambulance attendants gave me a shot of morphine and I was in the hospital. At that point the contractions were manageable. I had soaked 2 pads in that hour, however the OB we saw at the hospital checked to see if I was still bleeding and it seemed to have subsided so he was not worried about hemorrhaging. At that point, I was still not passing any tissue, so he told us to go home and insert another 3 pills in the morning, along with a prescription of morphine. So the next morning I did it all over again, this time with a morphine every 3-4 hours. The next round was more manageable than the first round, however I only passed one large clot about 2 inches in diameter. The bleeding and cramps subsided and I thought it was over. I continued to bleed like a period for a week. 6 days later it started again on its own. More cramps, more morphine, and more bleeding. This round lasted about the same as the others, a day of cramping with blood and some small clots, again subsiding. Then I continued to bleed with a light period for about two weeks. The bleeding subsided slightly, but it never really stopped. Then, after I went for a run, two and a half weeks after I put in the first pills, I was standing in the shower and I felt something coming out of me. The fetus dropped out of me and landed on the floor of the tub. I had no idea what to do, I was in complete shock. There was our baby on the tub floor. I immediately picked it up and held it in my hand. It was a bit smaller than the size of my thumb. It really didn't look like a baby, but I knew that's what it was. It was a collection of different looking tissue in a sac. So I got out of the shower and wrapped it up in toilet paper. Later I went and buried it in our back yard among a patch of ferns. Then I stopped spotting. Finally I thought it was over. Over the 2.5 weeks my belly was shrinking and my breasts were not as sore. I went for a follow-up ultrasound as directed by my doctor once the bleeding had stopped. It was horrible, I was sitting in a waiting room full of a dozen giddy happy pregnant women and their partners. More bad news. I still had a piece of placenta and a big blood clot stuck inside me. My doctor called me and said it was going to come out on its own and to be patient. Sure enough, two days after the US I started bleeding like a period and passed the clot. But then I just kept on bleeding lightly. Another ultrasound showed a small piece of something still inside me, now 4.5 weeks after I first inserted the pills. My doctor ordered a blood test to test my HCG levels to see if the tissue inside me would have to be removed as I would not have a period if they were still high. Fortunately, I finally heard some good news as my HCG levels were at zero. Now, it is nearly 8 weeks after I first started the misoprostal and I am finally cramping and having a period. My husband has been very supportive through all of this, I believe he felt everything and cried with me when times were really tough. If it happens again, I am not sure I would go the misoprostal route since my body didn't pass the fetus and it was horribly painful. I would probably wait and let it happen naturally. I did not become infected even though the fetus and placenta was inside of me for so long. We are going to start trying again next month, and no matter what happens, I will always think of the baby we had.


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