I am going to write about my experience with Misoprostol because a Google search of what happens when taking Misoprostol yields almost no personal experiences, only scientific/medical research answers. I found this amazing blog post from Abbie on her experience with Misoprostol and I would like to add my experience to the mix for those women out there who may be considering using Misoprostol. So this post will not be subtle, by any means. I will get explicit and be referencing things that happen to the female body when a miscarriage occurs. Please leave now if you don’t want to read about it.
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I didn’t really receive any explicit directions from my doctor regarding the Misoprostol. I was told to drink lots of fluids, insert the pills at bedtime, take the Vicodin if necessary aaand call them in about 2 weeks for a follow up.
I put in the inserts at about 9:45 on a Monday night and chilled on the sofa to watch tv. You should know that you will feel the inserts dissolving, I’m assuming that’s normal. I couldn’t sleep and passed out on the couch somewhere between 11 and midnight.
Around 3:45 Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling… moist and knew right away it was on. I am not smart enough to have put on a liner or something like that beforehand, so I got my jumbo pad (you will need jumbo pads. Like super, extra long, with wings pads), put on clean undies and went back to bed… or at least I tried. Then the cramps came. They felt like regular period cramps for me, but my tolerance for cramps are high because I always get God-awful cramps with my cycle anyway. So for you, they may or may not be unbearable. They were bothersome enough, though, that I couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I took a 600 mg Motrin (I just happen to have these on hand) and laid on the sofa in the dark.
Just so you know, the blood just flows like the doggone River Nile. Sometime after 4 I felt like I needed to pee and as soon as I sat on the toilet, it’s like I popped a water balloon. A large gush of stuff with many plops in the toilet came out. Said plops are the sometimes ginormous clots that will be falling out of your body- the clots come in all different sizes and shapes, they are dark red and I think almost every time I went to pee (and I had to pee often), there was a clot. To be honest I felt like I was pooping out of the wrong hole, all I heard was PLOP, PLOP, PLOP.
It went on like this all morning. I went to work (yeah, I know, I’m crazy) and I probably went to the bathroom to release a clot every 45 minutes to an hour? In between clots? Heavy bleeding similar to the worst day of your cycle. When it first started, I may have soaked 1 pad in about 15 minutes, as it progressed, I’d say it was about 1 pad per hour.
The Motrin seemed to hold me over really well, the pain was not unbearable (or I wouldn’t have gone to work), so I took a second dose 6 hours later.
Around 10:30 am, the bleeding almost ceased to exist. It slowed up as if nothing every happened and I was pretty much spotting. I was super confused about that because I thought I was supposed to bleed for up to one week, maybe more.
**I should preface this by saying that I was having mind-boggling cramps 2 weeks prior to getting the Misoprostol. I had also been waiting for 4 weeks for my body to miscarry naturally with no results. So I don’t know if my body was already primed for the miscarriage and just needed a little push.**
Around 4 pm, I started having horrible gas. Just burping like there was no tomorrow and my stomach felt empty as though I didn’t eat 1/2 a burrito for lunch.
I started cramping again around 5 pm, so I wasn’t sure if that was an indicator that there was more bleeding or clotting to come.
The gas is gone, but I woke up with more cramping. Not severe, but mild enough to be noticed. I am still spotting. I thought I could make it through the day with liners, but the spotting required me to still wear a pad.
No more clots, no heavy bleeding.
I thought I should call my Doctor/Nurse Practitioner to see if this is okay/normal (though I don’t know if there is any “normal” with miscarriages). I’m not sure at all if I passed the sac, which is super important, so I’ll ask and see if she wants to give me a 2nd dose of the Misoprostol or what.
I did call my doctor with concerns that maybe everything had not been expelled. The bleeding was still very light and I didn’t know if she wanted me to take a second round of the Misoprostol. She asked me to wait and see because everyone’s body is different. I explained that the bleeding was like spotting and could it be possible that I passed everything in one day?
By 9 a.m. I had soaked a liner and needed to change over to a pad. About 10:30-ish, I started passing large clots and again at 3 and again at about 7 p.m. After that, the blood flow slowed down drastically.
I was fine until about 11:15, then heavy cramping kicked in and lots of blood. The clots were small, though, like maybe the size of a paper clip. By 11:30, I thought I would die from pain and I took 1/2 of the Vicodin that I was prescribed. That just upset the living daylights out of my stomach and I was down for the count- I laid on the sofa for the rest of the day.
I spotted for another 9 days after that. Then one day after work, I came home and started bleeding so heavily and I was extremely confused. I passed a clot that was about the size of a pepper spray canister:
Not even kidding.
I thought wow. That must have been my sac… it only took about 3 weeks to pass. But then, I got all tingly, passed out, started vomiting and ended up at the hospital for excessive blood loss.
Later that week when I visited my physician, my hcg levels were still higher than they hoped they would be for someone 3 weeks out from a miscarriage, but they were declining.
So for me, this was a 3-week ordeal and I’m not sure if I would choose this again over a D & C since I ended up in the hospital anyway.