Thursday, October 29, 2009

Q & A: "Can a doctor tell whether you've had a miscarriage? "

No they cannot. According to Dr. Yates, Tripod's ob-gyn
consultant, there are no scars or changes detectable
after a routine miscarriage or properly performed abortion. A
doctor performing a routine pelvic examination will have no idea
whether or not you have been previously pregnant.

On the other hand, for a woman who has had a full-term pregnancy
and delivered the baby, there may be changes in the appearance of
the uterine cervix, scars in the perineum (the area between the
vaginal opening and the anus), or stretch marks on the abdomen,
that will provide clues to a previous pregnancy.

-- R. Jandl

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