Sharing 4 simple and natural things I did to avoid taking misoprostol or getting a D&C (dilation and curettage).
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On Monday, February 1st, I had a miscarriage. It all began at around 8pm with some light cramping. However, it escalated quite quickly, and at 9:45pm, I started passing huge clots. I lost so much blood that I passed out on the toilet, several times actually. We therefore drove to the emergency room, and that’s where I passed the fetus.
The following day, I had a vaginal ultrasound to see if the miscarriage was complete. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. There was still pregnancy tissue left in my uterus. So the doctor gave me three options. The first one was to wait it out and give my body the opportunity to pass the tissue naturally. The second one was to take medication (misoprostol) to speed up the process of passing the tissue. And the third was to get a D&C (dilatation and curettage) – a surgical procedure where the doctor uses small instruments or medication to open the cervix and then uses a surgical instrument called a curette to remove uterine tissue. After hearing those options, I immediately knew I wanted to take the natural route.
Two weeks later, I had another vaginal ultrasound to check on the status of the pregnancy tissue. And although the tissue had gotten smaller, it was, unfortunately, still there. The doctor gave me the same three options like last time, but was trying to push the medication on me. He kept saying, “Well, you’ve been waiting quite some time.” So I took the prescription, but without the intention of actually using it. Something was just telling me that I can do this naturally. And I never ignore my intuition.
When I got home after the hospital, I threw myself into research. I had two weeks until my next ultrasound appointment, and I was determined to cleanse my uterus using natural methods. Then, when the day of the ultrasound finally arrived, I knew in my gut that everything was going to be alright. I just knew it. So was my gut right? You bet it was! My uterus was finally clean!
Now I know that what worked for me might not work for you. However, I think it’s still my duty to share all the natural methods I used to help my body expel the pregnancy tissue. Here they are:
After the stillbirth of my son at 23 weeks and 4 days, I was in a very bad place both physically and emotionally. That’s why I sought the help of acupuncture. I just needed something to rebalance my hormones naturally as well as induce my period naturally. After just about four sessions, not only was my period back but my whole being was in equilibrium. It was unbelievable. So when I was told there was still a bit of pregnancy tissue left in my uterus after my miscarriage, I immediately thought of acupuncture. It took two longer treatments (one treatment per week), along with the other tips you’ll find below, for my body to expel the tissue.
2. Red raspberry leaf tea
When women think of red raspberry leaf tea, they mainly think of it as something that can help shorten labor and reduce complications during birth. But did you know it can also be helpful during a miscarriage recovery journey? Yes, that’s right. Red raspberry leaf tea is amazing for uterine health. In other words, it helps support and tonify the uterus. I drank it three times per day for two weeks.
When I learned I had an incomplete miscarriage, meaning there was still a piece of pregnancy tissue in my uterus, I turned to my Instagram friends for advice. I specifically asked them for tips on how to pass pregnancy tissue naturally. I didn’t get a lot of answers, but I did get one that shocked me – orgasm. So I started doing research and I learned that orgasms can actually help speed up the process since they contract the uterus. Now I know that orgasming is probably the last thing on your mind after a miscarriage, but I truly believe it helped me pass the tissue more quickly.
4. Positive affirmations
I know this sounds cheesy, but I’m a firm believer of affirmations. I think it’s important to start the day by writing down positive affirmations and keeping them close to your heart throughout the day. The secret here, however, is that it’s not enough to just write them down. You gotta truly believe in them, otherwise they won’t work. When I was told I had an incomplete miscarriage and that I would probably need to take misoprostol or have a D&C, I knew I had to change my mindset in believing that my body would take care of it on its own. So I did, and I’, convinced that it helped.
If you know of any other natural methods that can help expel pregnancy tissue naturally, please don’t hesitate to share them with me!