Using Misoclear for postpartum haemorrhage

Excessive bleeding after childbirth, also known as postpartum haemorrhage, is dangerous for women and can be fatal. Misoclear contains misoprostol, which is used by doctors in over 50 countries as a safe and effective way to prevent postpartum haemorrhage.

It is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for heavy bleeding after childbirth, where oxytocin is not available or cannot be safely used.

How does Misoclear work for postpartum haemorrhage?

Misoclear misoprostol works by causing uterine (womb) contractions after delivery, which helps to prevent and control excessive bleeding after child birth. After taking, there may be some side effects including mild to strong cramping and expulsion of the placenta.

Take a look at our step-by-step guide to learn how to administer Misoclear safely.

When can Misoclear be used for postpartum haemorrhage?

Misoclear can be used within one minute after the delivery of all babies and before the placenta is delivered.

How do you take Misoclear?

When treating postpartum haemorrhage, Misoclear should only be administered by a healthcare professional. It is important that the correct dose is used as incorrect dosing can lead to complications.

For the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage, Misoclear should be taken orally as follows:

  • 3 tablets (600mcg) should be swallowed with a glass of water, within one minute after all babies have been delivered, before the placenta is delivered.

Women should not take Misoclear before delivery, in other words while they are still pregnant. If delivering more than one baby, they should wait until all babies are delivered before taking Misoclear, and take it before the placenta is delivered.

We have clear instructions for how to use Misoclear on this website. Take a look at our step-by-step guide to learn more about how to administer Misoclear for postpartum haemorrhage, and what to expect afterwards.

When should Misoclear not be used?

There are several contraindications where Misoclear is not appropriate. Women should not use it if:

  • They have known allergies to misoprostol
  • They have inherited porphyria
  • They have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning medicines
  • They have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • They have adrenal or hepatic failure
  • If they have significant anaemia, heart disease or are on long term oral steroids or steroid injections they should exercise caution.

We’re here to help - if you have any questions about using Misoclear, please get in touch with your local MSI Reproductive Choices contact centre.

Step by step guide

Read our step-by-step guide for taking Misoclear for heavy bleeding after childbirth.

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