Two days after she was told that she had had a missed miscarriage and after carefully weighing her options, Gina decided that she would have the medical treatment because she wanted to speed up the process. She called her doctor and made an appointment.
“Doctor, you said I could take the medication orally or vaginally. Which one do you recommend?” she asked him when they were sitting in his office.
“I recommend inserting the medication vaginally to increase its effectiveness and minimize side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. For about 70 to 90 percent of women, this treatment works within 24 hours.”
“All right, Doctor, let’s do it.”
After it was done, he said, “Physical recovery from miscarriage takes only a few hours to a couple of days. If you experience any heavy bleeding, fever or abdominal pain, call me immediately.”
“You may ovulate as soon as two weeks after a miscarriage and your period may return within four to six weeks. Avoid having sex or using tampons for two weeks. Use pads until your cervix has closed and the bleeding has stopped.”
“So, after two weeks it’s safe to have sex?”
“Yes, it is. Unless you and your husband want to get pregnant right away, you should use some form of contraception.”
“How soon after a miscarriage can I get pregnant again?”
“It is possible to conceive as soon as two weeks after a miscarriage but I would advise you to wait if you aren’t emotionally prepared yet. It’s up to you and your husband when you decide to try again but make sure that you’re physically and emotionally ready.”
“You can call me or make an appointment to see me if you have any questions or concerns.”
“Thanks, Doctor.” She got up and left his office. She hadn’t driven. She had taken a taxi instead to be on the safe side. She had also taken the day off so the house was empty when she got home. She asked the mother of one of Cam’s friends to drop him home from the daycare.
It was twelve noon when she got home, she changed and put on a pad just in case. She fixed herself lunch and sat down at the kitchen table to eat it. The house was so quiet. It felt strange being there at this time of the day. Usually she was at the office. She finished having her lunch, washed up and then, poured herself a glass of organic apple juice and took it with her downstairs to the basement. She was about to stretch out on the sofa and turn on the television when the phone rang.
Setting the glass down on the coffee table, she got up to answer it. “Hello?”
“Hello, Gina. It’s Kira. I just called to let you know that I had a very frank talk with Mel. And I can promise you that you don’t have to worry about her making trouble for you and Matt anymore.”
“Good. I’m happy to hear that, Kira. Thank you for taking care of this problem.”
“You’re welcome. I’m sorry for any trouble Mel has caused you.”
“It’s not your fault. I appreciate what you have done. Thank you.”
Gina hung up the phone and smiled. One problem taken care of. In a couple of weeks, she would take care of the other. Her smiled vanished. That one might not be as easy, especially as she and Matt weren’t sleeping in the same bed. I will just have to get him to want me again. And he’ll never need to know about the miscarriage. When the baby comes, everyone will just think it’s premature.
She went upstairs and took out the pamphlet and information about Tubal Ligation and tore them up. She put them in a plastic bag and threw in the garbage bin in the garage. She made sure that they were buried underneath other garbage. The last thing she wanted was for Matt to find out that she had planned to have her tubes tied. Besides, her plans had changed now because of the miscarriage.