What Are the Different Kinds of Miscarriage?
There are five kinds:
Threatened miscarriage You bleed, with or without mild cramps, but your cervix is closed. Half of threatened miscarriages end in pregnancy loss. In the other half, the bleeding stops, and the pregnancy goes on normally.
Inevitable miscarriage You have increasing bleeding, and the cervix begins to open. In this case, there is no chance the pregnancy can continue.
Incomplete abortion Some pregnancy tissue comes out of the uterus. But some stays inside. Sometimes treatment is needed to remove the remaining tissue.
Complete Miscarriage All the pregnancy tissue comes out of the uterus. Usually, you will not need any treatment.
Missed Abortion The pregnancy has ended, but the tissue remains in the uterus. Usually the tissue eventually comes out of the uterus on its own, but treatment is sometimes needed.
When treatment is needed to complete a miscarriage, the treatment may be medication or an aspiration procedure. During aspiration, a health care provider inserts a thin plastic tube in the uterus to remove the pregnancy tissue with gentle suction.
Ectopic pregnancy is another kind of pregnancy loss. An ectopic or tubal pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. Rarely, it can occur in an ovary or in the abdominal cavity.