K.R. asks from Rockville, MD on September 08, 2008
What Should I Expect with a D&C?
I posted before about being pregnant but only seeing an empty gestational sac. Well, I had my last ultrasound today, which still showed an empty gestational sac that was collapsing on one side. At this point, I know it's a loss and the doctor thought a D&C should be performed because he's worried about a possible ectopic pregnancy. I haven't had any cramps or bleeding, except sometimes when I wipe and don't know how long it would be before I miscarried naturally. At this point I'm ready to have the D&C procedure and put this behind me. Is it safe enough? What should I expect? He said it would be scheduled this week and said I would be ok the next day but that's all he told me.
So What Happened?™
I am home from the procedure and almost feel like nothing happened. I have very minimal bleeding and no pain or cramping, at least not yet. My husband and I are fine emotionally right now as we are busy taking care of our 14 year old, 3 year old and 4 month old boys. This was much easier to deal with than the one I lost at 5 months and had to be induced and deliver. That was a nightmare! Thanks again for all your replies.
A.W. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
I had one after a misscarriage and there were no side effects. You should not even know you had it done.
M.C. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
I'm sorry to hear how it turned out.
The proceedure was pretty basic. Had to register at the hospital, get blood work done that morning, etc. Showed up at 5:00pm and was home by 10:00pm. Had to have someone drive me home and then stay with me for 24 hours cuz of the anesthesia. Physically it was ok, recovery was just like a regular cycle, just a bit heavier.
Emotionally, I was a mess. I had mine the same day that I found out that things were over. Be forewarned that the nurses will use all of the cold, generic, medical terms. The nurse in the prep room, verifying the proceedure, etc. asked me in front of my husband if I had had a failed abortion! I totally freaked! She apologized and said that she just meant that my body hadn't handled things. The nurse called for a grief counselor. I took a few days off of work and my Mom came to stay with me. Give yourself some time.
Surprisingly I was pregnant again a few months later, and was able to carry that pregnancy to term. She will be 2y old next month.
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K.C. answers from Washington DC on September 10, 2008
I have had 2 D&C's due to miscarriage. Everything has risk as you know, but this is an extremely easy procedure that literally takes minutes. You should't feel much discomfort afterwards and will be up and about the next day. God bless you.
T.C. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
I will echo what others have said: I've had a D&C, it was no big deal physically. Losing a pregnancy is rough, though. YOu have my sympathy....Also, just fyi, if a nurse or doc should refer to a "failed abortion," be advised this an alternative medical terminology for "miscarriage." Does NOT imply that you've just tried to end a viable pregnancy because you didn't want it. Go ahead, get it done, go home, have a stiff shot of brandy, and cry your eyes out. And then get better.
D.E. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
K Z, you'll be fine! It's a very short and simple procedure that they do. Because of the anesthesia, you'll be sleepy afterwards or a bit drained but other than that, you'll be fine. I wish you the best and I'll keep you in my prayers.
E.B. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
I had a D&C five days after my daughter was born because parts of the placenta were still inside causing major blood clots to pass (my bought thought it was still nourishing a baby.) The doctors put me under for the procedure, which was my choice, and I went home about 8 hours later. It was really quick and easy and I had no internal pain or anything. The worst part was the major dry mouth side effect--ice chips didn't even help. I will say that I was still in pain from child birth and the episiotomy so the anesthesia really knocked me out for a few days afterwards. You should be fine physically, maybe a little crampy and tired if the put you under. Best of luck to you!
R.S. answers from Norfolk on September 09, 2008
KZ, I am so sorry to hear this. As far as the DNC goes, it isn't terrible, as long as you are put under. Don't let them do it with a local anesthetic. I have had both and the latter is terrible. As far as the recovery, give yourself a couple of days to rest. It can give you cramping, bleeding and some general discomfort. Atleast that has been my experience. Good luck.
S.A. answers from Washington DC on September 09, 2008
I know there are lots of other responses, but I just wanted to chime in that the procedure is certainly a safe one, and doctors do this all the time for whatever reason. I've had 2, under local anesthesia, and they were uncomfortable (the application of the anesthesia was the worst part like it often is with surgical procedures). But is seems as though they've gotten much better under general anesthesia, so I'm sure you'll do just fine! Best of luck to you.
W.R. answers from Norfolk on September 09, 2008
Hi! I haven't read the other responses and see that you have had quite a few, but I wanted to let you know that the procedure is safe. I had one 2 years ago performed by my Ob-Gyn. Physically the recovery wasn't too bad except I bled longer than they said I would (also bled longer than they said after my c-section, so I guess that's just me). I am not an overly emotional person normally, but after the D&C I randomly cried - very often. It lasted for probably a month. I would be sitting on the couch and suddenly start crying and not really know why. I felt like I was going crazy until I did some internet research and found out it was normal - so I just wanted to warn you that it could happen, and if it does you aren't crazy! Good luck.