Some docs are saying that increasingly sensitive pregnancy tests may cause undue stress. “. . . because most miscarriages occur in the first four weeks after conception, more women are clued in to the fact that they miscarried (often, an early miscarriage is mis-identified as a normal period). One doctor says this is problematic, noting ‘they are put through unnecessary grief, feeling they have miscarried. If they hadn’t tested they would be none the wiser about a natural process.’”


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  • SarahW

    Please spare me, and other women, from being “spared” the devastation of knowing how common it is for an early pregnancy to fail.

    To do otherwise is to argue that women are incapable of understanding the realities of human reproduction and the high wastage rate of early pregnancy.

    It’s not “needlessly traumatic”; it’s reality. I don’t think ignorance is bliss. Why should women want a false picture of what is going on with their own bodies? Most women want to know as early as possible in order to optimize the outcome for themselves and/or any offspring that might result from an early positive pregnancy test.

    Would anyone actually advocate women be restricted from using early tests? What is the solution to this non-problem? Knowlege. Which women are perfectly capable of finding and handling.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a conspiracy to profit the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Buy this test and do it at home.It’s a miscarriage at 5 days after fertilization, now this lady has to see her doctor. The doctor then prescribes Lexapro, Paxil or Welbutrin. And she can’t sleep at night so she is prescribed Ambien. And she’s nauseated, maybe because of the stress and maybe it’s the medicine, so she’s prescribed Phenergan. She then stiffens her muscles and it’s a side effect from the Phenergan and ends up at the ER so she can be given Cogentin or Benadryl. The ER doc tells her to follow up with her OB-GYN who refers her to a neurologist who refers her to a Psychiatrist who then labels her as being Bipolar and gives her Depakote and Klonopin.
    (I can be creative and still be anonymous).

  • Anonymous

    I realize you’re joking, but…

    A spontaneous abortion at five days after a missed period is little more than a heavy period…maybe not even noticeably heavier than usual.

    It’s not a waste or unwise for a woman to be “checked out” after such an event to address current reproductive health concerns – but no treatment for the early abortion itself would be required unless there were suggestion of an ectopic, or prolonged bleeding or other signs or symptoms of concern.

    It’s a good time to update birth control, if pregnancy prevention is desired, or to talk about getting pregnant again…not a wasted visit.

    A woman is perfectly capable of dealing with the natural disappointment of an early abortion, especially when her care provider can offer reassurance and tactfully encourage her to accept this as normal, which it is. I would not thing it appropriate to prescribe “mood meds” unless there is already an underlying problem with depression, or if the upset triggered a persistent problem…to be addressed with meds only IF it becomes persistent.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with Anon 5:08. Any advances in science and technology should be used to benefit, rather than harm society and physicians should be at the forefront to ascertain that it stays that way. Sitting down, spending time and communicating with the patient will go along way
    in assuring that this patient understands the medical condition.