Dr. Carrillo explains how you will know if you have had a miscarriage and discusses whether vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is a risk factor for a miscarriage.
Sometimes we don’t know when the actual loss has occurred. Miscarriage is when we start to bleed and we start to pass tissue.
This timeframe can be extremely variable. Once we diagnose a pregnancy you have choices to wait, to see if you will pass on your own, to take medicine to try to see if we can help you or to have surgery.
One of the primary risks associated with miscarriage is the risk of bleeding. Bleeding can occur on a scale of a very heavy menstrual cycle or becomes so heavy that without medical intervention a woman can lose a significant amount of blood which can become an emergency.
I think that one of the scariest parts of a miscarriage is knowing how much bleeding is too much and in general, that’s a decision that only the patient and her surrounding family members can make.
But if you become light headed, if you are weak, if you are bleeding so much that you are unable to keep clean because you cannot change quickly enough, that’s a sign that you should be going to the emergency room in your community.
About Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Lori A. Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. After completing her internship in Hawaii, she completed her specialty training at the joint program of Maricopa Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Carrillo opened her own practice, AZ Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC, in August of 2006, and is affiliated with Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She specializes in a full breadth of obstetrics and gynecology from late childhood, menopause, and high-risk and twin pregnancies. She also specialized in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery involving Da Vinci robotics.