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Cycle Changes After a Miscarriage?

I had a miscarriage the last week of April, with a D&C the first week of May. Since my miscarriage, I have had one normal cycle. Now, I have had cramping, breast tenderness, and have been very emotional for the last 3 weeks. I have never had any problems before my period, so this is very different for me. I also thought it could be pregnancy but have had 2 negative tests. Has anyone had a similar situation with your cycles completely changing after a miscarriage? I guess I'm just worried about any problems that may be now because of my D&C and wondering if I should see a doctor. Thanks for your thoughts.

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I went to the doctor and they said everything is ok. Gave me some medicine to help get everything going and am going on pill very soon. That should help, they said. Thanks for all of your advice and sharing your experiences. It helped to know others have dealt with the same problems!

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I was just wondering that myself this month. I had an early miscarriage last month, and now this month I'm three days late again, had unusual pain and cramping again (not so bad as the actual miscarriage though) and weird bleeding. I didn't want to run to the doctor right away, I was going to wait to see if next month is better. I wonder if this is more normal than I thought...

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I had a miscarriage and D&C a few years ago, and it took months and medicine (can't remember the name, the med that causes ovulation) to sort of kick start my body into returning to normal. It's like it still thought I was pregnant with various pregnancy symptoms.... And because we were devastated by the loss, it didn't help that I kept thinking I was pregnant again.

I started tracking my basal body temperature and discovered I wasn't really ovulating despite a few weird periods (thus the meds). About 13 months later, I finally got pregnant again (naturally, no meds that month), and this time it "stuck." My 22 month old boy is the happy ending!

I know how hard losing a baby is--sometimes I think my body going a little haywire just mimicked my emotions--and it wasn't until I had dealt with the miscarriage completely emotionally that my body was able to handle another pregnancy.

That's just me though--good luck to you!

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I was at about 8 weeks when I m/c in May of 2006. It wasn't until Oct 2006 that I finally had a period and that was with meds from the doc and only very light. Turns out I have PCOS and now take Metformin and I've been having cycles ever since Jan 2007.
You may just need some more time, but if it were me, I would check with the doc, especially if you are wanting to try again.
I was checking in with my doc every so often because he said to wait 3 cycles before trying again and I never got them.
It could just be your hormones are out of wack and you might need a "jump start" (I think that is typically a round of progesterone pills - at least that's what my doc does).

Best wishes to you and I hope you get things figured out.

So Sorry about your loss. It is terribly horrible when this happens. I've experienced similar symptoms after my misscarriages. I think part of it has to do that you desperatrely would like it to be pregnancy and part of it is that your body is still alittle messed up and with the hormone spikes of our cycles our bodies forget that it's not pregnant.

I lost my last baby in Feb and since then twice I had the same symptoms that you have had. I didn't have a D&C for either of my miscarriages, so I'm not sure if you have more need to worry because of that or not.

I'd give yourself a little time to get sorted, but if it gets too painful or out of control then I'd talk to your Dr.

Good Luck.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

I had a miscarriage (pregnancy #3, after 2 healthy boys) in May 2006. (I did NOT have to have a D&C.) My period had always been very regular, but ever since, it's been erratic. I've started many months after only about 21 days! I think I've gone one full 28 day cycle only one time in the past 2 years. I'd always had problems with cramping (not every month, but every few months) so I haven't noticed anything different there, BUT I do have a lot of breast tenderness that I never had before.

So sorry to hear about the loss of your child. I lossed my own little angel in October of 05 so I understand how difficult it can be. After my D&C my period took a little bit to regulate. I think it's your body's way of giving you time to grieve. I did concieve and carry a healthy baby boy about three months after my loss. Take time to heal. The have some great memorial jewlery online that you can order. To help you have your little one close to your heart. Good luck, Sorry again for your loss.

I am sorry for your loss. I lost a baby at 5 months and I to suffered a miscarriage after 3 healthy children.I had a D&c and also and had some cramping and was very emotional.My cycle did return back to normal and I got pregnant shortly after and now I have my 4th child. I know times like that are very difficult but they do pass you will never forget what you lost but joy can return to your life.I wish you all the best of luck and if you still are having abnormal cycles you should talk to your doctor expecially if you want to concieve again.Best wishes to you Take Care of yourself! J.

I'm very sorry for your loss. I had a miscarriage and d&c in the beginning of January. I had the same worry with my cycles afterwards. They seemed normal at first, and got longer and longer every month. (prior to the miscarriage I had regular 28 day cycles) and last month I had a 47 day cycle. I was worried that there might be problems from the d&c, but after doing research found out it is pretty common.

your estrogen and progesterone do not return to baseline right away, it could take some time to return to normal. Maybe there's something emotional or spiritual you need to process as well to move forward in your life. I am sorry for your loss.

I'm sorry for your loss. It's never easy.

I think things change with an event like that. I know I had breast tenderness and after my miscarriage I didn't notice that symptom anymore and after two kids I still haven't had breast tenderness. I didn't have a D&C though. I eventually developed back aches and cramping but not with each cycle. Sometimes I notice nothing at all. I think it's just the hormones.

Hi--I'm so sorry for your loss. I also miscarried and had a D&C and my periods prior to the pregnancy had been relatively light and non-eventful, and were about every 23 days. After my D&C, my first two periods were very heavy and around 30 days apart--a longer cycle than I'd ever had. I seem to remember them being heavier, also. I think my doctor said that I'd have a couple unusual periods and then resume more normal ones, but I also remember being freaked out and placing a few calls to the OB/GYN surgeon! I think if you search online a little, you'll find that it's pretty normal, but if you have questions, call--that's what doctors are there for.

Hi K.. I am sorry for your loss. I had a miscarriage in July of 2005 and that was my very first pregnancy. I also had a D&C. I did have some discomfort and cramping afterwards. I did cry more than I usually do too. My cycles did finally get regulated on their own and I got pregnant with my son 3 months later. I am right now 37 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. Things will get better over time. Good Luck...

K., I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I had a miscarriage and a D&C with my first pregnancy 5 and a half years ago and it took my body months to adjust to not being pregnant...I think it's the last to know. My levels stayed up and my pregnancy symptoms continued for a bit...and my bleeding was heavy. I eventually adjusted after a few months that seemed quite long and now have two children with a third on the way. I wish you and your family the best!

I am so sorry for your loss. I went through a similar situation in September and was riding an emotional rollercoaster for months. My cycles were off and I cried almost daily...very unusual for me.
When I asked my OB, I was told that it usually takes 3 months to heal physically...this was true for me, I was able to get pregnant exactly 3 months after my D&C.
Best of luck to you.

I was just wondering that myself this month. I had an early miscarriage last month, and now this month I'm three days late again, had unusual pain and cramping again (not so bad as the actual miscarriage though) and weird bleeding. I didn't want to run to the doctor right away, I was going to wait to see if next month is better. I wonder if this is more normal than I thought...

After I had a miscarriage my doc told me it would be at least the amount of time I was pregnant for my body to be back to normal. Mine was early, at about 8 weeks and I did not need a D & C, but it did take at least that 2 months of cycles before things seemed back on track. Everyone's body is different, but if you have concerns don't hesitate to see or call your doc.

First off, sorry to hear about your loss! I had a miscarriage between my two kids and it was awful! I also have a good friend who had one about 9 months ago. both of us had a lot of trouble with our cycles. I had trouble before my miscarriage with ovarian cysts that wouldn't resolve themselves, and have gone 45-60 days between cycles ever since then. Since my 2nd was born I've had my period once - 45 days ago. I've also had the cramping, tenderness, etc for about 3 weeks. I've also noticed the same pain on my left side that I had with the cysts. If you notice a pain right near our pelvic bone, it could cysts? But my friend also went almost 3 months without a period after her miscarriage and her doctor told her to go back on the pill for 2-3 months to help straighten her body out - something about her uterian lining being very thin? Anyways, that helped get her back on track.

My Advice? I would recommend at least discussing it with your doctor, see if they want you to come in and be checked out.

My best friend went through this for 8 months after her miscarriage. She's doing great now, but she said that the symptoms she had were like yours. It does get better, but I know from counseling her that each day was just a reminder of her loss. She is back to her old self now that her body is back to normal. I had to have a D& C after my first child was born as my OB thought there was still a peice of placenta or something causing me to bleed. I really don't think it is that invasive a surgery that you could be having problems from that. It does take a while for your bady to recoup from miscarriage, but if you have concerns it is always best to give your dr a call. Peace of mind.

Sorry for your loss. I had an ectopic pregnancy a few years ago and before that, my periods were light, only 4 days tops, and came every 27 days. After the ectopic my periods got all wierd...35-45 days and very heavy. So, I believe in my case, it did change my cycle. If you're worried...talk to your Doc. Hopefully, he'll at least ease your mind.

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