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Q&A: What is a D&E?

My friend miscarried, and had a D&E. What is this, and why did she need one? Can it increase the risk of more pregnancy problems later?

Re: My friend miscarried, and had a D&E. What is this, and why did she need one? Can it increase the risk of more pregnancy problems later?

The Bump Expert

D&E (dilation and evacuation) is a minor surgical procedure which involves mechanically opening (dilating) the cervix and cleaning out (evacuating) the uterus. It may be performed after a missed abortion (the embryo or fetus dies, but no bleeding or cervical opening occurs) or inevitable abortion (the embryo or fetus dies, and painful or heavy bleeding occurs). If tissue from the pregnancy remains in the womb after miscarriage, it can cause heavy bleeding or infection -- a D&E aims to avoid this.

There are alternatives to a D&E, including expectant management (a "wait and see" approach for spontaneous loss) and medical management (using medications to bring about spontaneous contractions and ultimate expulsion). D&E, however, is the most expedient management. The chance of a D&E causing complicating problems later is very small (less than 1%).

Dr. Joseph Hill

Q&A: What is a D&E?

After my miscarriage 2.5 years ago I had a D & C, and within 8 weeks was pregnant with my son, who is 2 next month. My doctor felt that the surgery would help get my cycle back on track faster, and help us get pregnant again sooner. Worked for us! I can't imagine enduring the "wait & see" method, but I know friends who have done it.

cm-reed3 |

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I just experienced a miscarriage on Oct 4 related to incompetent cervix at 18 weeks gestation. My water broke and I actually thought I was just leaking urine and went to the ER just as a precaution, never thinking anything was actually wrong because so far everything had been fine. On examination, the doctor found I was about 2 cm dilated and the umbilical cord had prolapsed into the birth canal. I was told they may have to do a D & C, but would try Cytotec to induce labor to try to expel the baby on its own first. This was very hard to go through since I knew I had already lost the baby. I was lucky, however, and delivered the baby within 6 hours on my own, and delivered the placenta successfully not requiring a D & E afterward. I'm not sure yet how long we will have to wait to try again; the nurse suggested 3 months. I'm hoping to know more after our follow-up appt with the doctor in a week. I wouldn't wish this on anyone, and am hoping to read up on families who have had success after similar situations.

dewrae |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D & C immediatly after being rushed to the emergency room due to painful cramping, and clotting. It was relatively painless (physically), and helped me heal quickly. I was on antibiotics for a week, and had some discomfort in my stomach afterward, that soon went away. It was hard enough going through the quick procedure...I couldn't have imagined dealing with my situation in any other way. I was already in such pain, and so upset I couldn't imagine trying to "wait & see".

mrs.byles728 |

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I had a D & C to avoid seeing my dead baby. I just wanted to be asleep and have it taken care of rather than having to see her.

debutante117 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I miscarried at 14 weeks and went through the entire experience without seeing a doctor. I guess that is what was called expectant management. It was painful, but I didn't want any one but my husband going through the experience with me since it was so hard on me. I don't like crying in front of strangers. I didn't see anything, just a lot of blood and clots (akin to period clots). It's a frightening, heart-breaking time, but a D&E was totally unnecessary for me.

marin8da |

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Sorry to hear about everyone's losses. I am in the middle of a miscarraige right now, I have a D&C scheduled for Monday, but I started bleeding this evening, with some cramping. So far it feels like a period, just 2.5 months late. I guess I should still get the D&C to be sure everything is out, but I am nervous about the anaesthesia- did anyone feel badly after that?

LadyMalibu |

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I micarried at 15 weeks (even though the fetus had died at 8 weeks and I had no signs) 2 years ago... it drove me into a deep depression. I had a D&C performed... my body wouldnt expell the tissue on its own.. My husband was terrified to try to get pregnant again, so about 4 month ago, I got him to agree to stop preventing now, but actually start trying in April (which to me means the same thing...) an we got pregnant in Jan! I am 7 weeks pregnant now, and I am trying really hard to think positive because of the loss I have, but I have a 4 year old daughter who is so excited and she makes it easy to be excited!!

evajean85 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

My husband and I are stationed in Germany and our first try ended in miscarriage. The doctors said a D&C was the best solution and would not harm my chances for having a successful conception. It has been 3 and a half months and we both feel emotionally ready to try again and havent had any problems yet. (keep our fingers crossed)

celiaann87 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&E at 28 weeks. I was aware of the risks involved, but it needed to be done. After the D & E my cervix healed almost completely closed. I wasn't aware of this until after almost a year of TTC we weren't getting pregnant. After I started seeing a RE she noticed my cervix was damaged and could only assume it was from the D&E. She did a procedure leaving a catheter with a balloon in the cervix for a week hoping it would heal a little more open. It worked and I was pregnant within that month. Another risk that I may have to deal with from the D&E is that my cervix may be weak (they call it an insufficient cervix) and not be able to hold the baby. We won't know this until I am 18-20 weeks when the baby gets heavier. This is something they can watch for along the way by checking to see if the cervix canal is shortening, If I do have this issue, they will stitch it closed and keep and eye on it. Just one more thing to worry about!!

SandiR36 |

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I had a D & E last week. This is my second miscarriage. The first time I had a miscarriage, I said to myself that miscarriages in the first preganancy is very common and it shouldn't happen again. The second time I reached 9 weeks and we even got a heartbeat, but suddenly I bled a little and had to get admitted to hospital. The fetus's heart stopped and it grew smaller. I didn't have a forced dilatation. Instead, my doctor gave me pills that cause contractions and so eventually, after a lot of blood clots and bleeding, the cervix was open and all they had to do was evacuate. The procedure is not painful at all and you won't feel a thing. You'll be asleep the whole time. After the procedure, I suffered from insomnia, diarrhea, more contractions which are all common after a miscarriage. However, they don't last long. Just a few days. I am much more upset about this miscarriage than the first time and I don't know if I can take the stress of it all again and again. I heard of women who suffered from 7 or 8 miscarriages in a row! That's not something I can handle. It will just suck the joy out of being pregnant and bearing children.

farah1983 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I am on my fourth pregnancy right now with the three previous ones ending in miscarriages. My first two miscarriages happened on their own without the doctors having to do anything. My third pregnancy, I found out at 8wks that the baby did not have a heart beat and I had no signs of having a miscarriage on my own. My doctor suggested a D&C but my husband and I decided to just wait it out to see if it would happen on it's own and sure enough it did. Each miscarriage to me is just like a period but more cramping and the further along you are the more painful the cramps. We're hopeful that this pregnancy will be better!

britte_p |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I miscarried and had a D&E in June of last year. It took my fiance and I 10 months to get pregnant again. I am hoping this time nothing goes wrong with our pregnancy.

JodiTrevor2010 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I am on my second pregnancy now (8weeks) and I'm going to my doctor tomorrow. My first pregnancy was a missed abortion and I had a D&C. I was feeling some symptoms but they're almost nonexistent now. I'm worried I'll get to the doctor tomorrow and see no heartbeat! It's definitely tough miscarrying so hoping for the best!

Leah6389 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

ii had to have an D&C because of an inevitable miscaragie and they said itd be painless but it was not, not at all. ii was wondering if this was normal? because ii had intense cramps and couldnt walk, it hurt so bad. im now on my second pregnacy with twins!

xoLyraxNicolexo |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I just had a D&C. I was 18 1/2 weeks pregnant the day before we went for an ultrasound to find out what we were having, a boy, they said everthing looked great. The next day I started to get really bad cramps, I called my best friend and she suggested to go to the ER. in the next 20 mins I was having contractions. They became 1 min apart, the last contraction was very painful and then my water broke. I then knew something was terribly wrong. The dr's gave me some options, one was that if i were to become stable they would try to induce me. Within an hour I was bleeding to much and we had no other option then to have a D&C. I can honestly say that it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, the worst is not knowing why.

nellbeckie |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had my first D&C, yesterday. It was my first pregnancy and it has been extremely hard to deal with. The D&C itself, for me, was a 15 min procedure and I couldn't imagine it any other way. I personally just needed for it to be over with. I couldn't imagine trying wait it out. It has been about 36 hourse since the D&C and I can honestly say, I am no longer bleeding or feeling much discomfort. I was 8 weeks and 1 day along when I miscarried, but had no idea until 10 weeks 5 days. I had a light brown discharge and cramping. They had us come in for an ultrasound and there was no heartbeat. It is unreal how much your life can change in those first few weeks. Our little family we were so hoping for, so planning on...Was now gone and that is the hardest. BUT...If at first you don't succeed try, try again...

court2211 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I have had two miscarriages and am pregnant for the third time, 13 weeks. I'm trying to be optimistic but am still very anxious. I had a D&C the first time and the second time tried to wait it out but my body would not expel the tissue. After bleeding for 48 hrs. they decided on a Sunday night to do an emergency D&C due to blood lose. It just depends on the person I guess. I hope all of you experiencing heart ache find hope again. I know how you feel.

istherehope |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

This is my second pregnancy & I was experiencing some spotting which developed to more bleeding. I went to my doctor today (I am 7 weeks), we found out from the ultrasound that I had loss the baby! I am scheduled for a D&C tomorrow & I am alittle scared & sad. I am hopeful that we will get pregnant again since we really want another baby!

090107Bride |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had assumed I was 11 weeks pregnant. After having an ultrasound performed, the doctor pulled me into his office and informed me that I had a missed abortion. The baby had died around 7 weeks and my body hadn't recognized it. He informed me of the D&C (on Thursday) and I was scheduled for the surgery on Friday. It was my first surgery EVER and couldn't be more pleased with the surgical outcome. My husband is military and the next time we saw each other (2 months later), I became pregnant again. Highly recommend this procedure based on personal experience (emotionally and physically) and when talking with other women, miscarrying naturally is worse than birth itself!

heather,kelm |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a miscarriage in August at 15 weeks. I had gone to the doctors because of cramping and spotting the day before. The doctor gave me a quick exam and checked the baby's heart beat. The heartbeat was strong. The doctor told me I should only be concerned if the bleeding reaches a pad an hour. I asked about the cramping, she said it was just the ligaments stretching... The cramping continued through the night. I went to work the next morning and called the doctor three times because of the cramping was getting worse. The office said they would see me at 11. My husband worked night shift the night before, so I thought I would drive home and pick him up to go with me to the see the doctor (I only live 15 mins from work). By the time I got home I could barely stand on my own. When I got inside the house, I felt my water break, but only a small amount came out. When I went to the bathroom I started to bleed badly. My husband called an ambulance, and by the time they arrived the baby was out. The placenta did not come out, and the bleeding was pretty bad. I had a D&E at hospital immediately. When I woke up in the recovery, it seemed everything was over as fast as it started. Even though doctors, friends, coworkers, and everyone else out there [that I'm sure you all have also heard from] tell me that miscarriages are common ... I still can’t believe this happened. I am also so afraid of being pregnant again--because I don’t want to go through the same thing again. I’m thirty-five, I’m not sure how much longer I can wait, I just wish I wasn’t so selfish to wait this long.

hlr |

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I had been seeing a fertility doctor trying to get pregnant. My fertility doctor said that I was not ovulating and that they would have to give me medicine. A week later I found out tha I was pregnant. I thought my baby was a miracle. I started spotting at 10 weeks and the doctor told me it was because of the coughing and sneezing when I was sick. I was at work a couple of days later and went to the restroom, my panties were soaked with blood. I left and went to the ER. The doctor was optomistic until the ultrasound, he told me that my baby had passed a couple of weeks ago. I was devastated. I did not eat or drink after midnight and went yesterday back to the hospital. They scheduled me an emergency D&E. I did not feel a thing during the D&E and I have not had any pain, cramping and only slight bleeding afterward. I am heartbroken, but I am going to let my body heal and then try again.

Tiiiiff |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I found out yesterday morning that my babys heart had stopped beating at 9 weeks and I was suppose to be 12 weeks today. I had a D&E and the procedure was quick and easy. I have some cramping but I was glad to have it taken care of. The turn around time is really only about two days and I am very happy I did it. We are hoping to try again in December. I am completely heartbroken... I felt like I was on an episode of Grey's Anatomy or something but everything happens for a reason. Thats what I am holding onto.

Steffanie0407 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

is there any way at 7 weeks i am not showing or i dont feel a thing does it mean i had a miscarriage? it is my first baby

heatherfeather2010 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

Ive had two miscarriages and had to have a D&E both times And I was only 4 months pregnant it is definitely one of the hardest things. Ive gotten depressed My first pregnancy was with twins back in 06 then my second one was in 08 with one baby. Things do happen for a reason Im glad Im ok Ive had testing done to make sure I can have children and so far im still early in this pregnancy now but I just keep praying that this will turn out better then the the last two times because Im on the right prenatals plus regular vitamins.

mrsmtitus |

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I'm sorry to hear about everyone's loss. I have had 3 miscarriages . First one was in '04 I was pregnant with twins but I only lost one. The second one was in '07 I was 22 1/2wks with a little boy. I didn't find out I was pregnant with him till 19wks, and they where concerned about his development, so they wanted me to come back in, but they didn't have an opening until I was 22wks. I went in for blood work and an ultrasound. When they did the ultrasound his heart was barely beating, they sent me over to the maternity word. When they had hooked me up to the monitors his heart had stopped beating, and they induced me to deliver him. It was one of the hardest things I went threw, to know I was going to be delivering a baby, but he wasn't coming home, and that I wouldn't get to see him grow up; made me very depressed. But I've had three wonderful children since then. And 2weeks ago I learned I was having a miscarriage, they told me there was nothing they could do, they gave me medication for it but I'm still dealing with the pain physically and emotionally. I had to go to the er a couple days ago because I had a bad reaction to the medication. They didn't know why my body is taking so long to heal from this miscarriage. I just found this morning its because I was going threw the same situation with my first pregnancy where I lost one, and was still pregnant with the other twin. But there still worried because of the medication, and I'm still having heavy bleeding and cramps. I hope everything turns out okay.

akbabies4 |

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I just had a D&E two days ago. I thought I was 6 weeks, but found out I had been 10 weeks pregnant. The baby had stopped developing at 6 weeks. I'm so sorry that anyone should have to go through this.

Kayla_Kitten |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I lost identical twins in March 2010 at 17 weeks without reason, and also had to have a D&E. There were no signs at all of TTTS, and they were being closely monitored. I tried to 'wait and see' method for a week. The drs told me the longer I waited, the higher my risk for hemorrhaging went up. So, after a week of carrying them in me deceased, I had to have them shove these seaweed things in my cervix to dilate me rather than giving me medication. They said this would lower my surgical risks since I had a 'virgin' cervix (never delivered or went in labor before). The next day, I had an outpatient procedure. When the dr finally arrived after nearly 5 hours of waiting, he took me back first, I started having a panic attack, and they put a mask on me and before I could lean all the way back, I don't remember anything. I woke up being moved down a hall out of anesthesia. I was DYING of thirst when I woke. I had a lot of bleeding when I stood up. It gushed out of me. It was scary to see that much blood. I was in pain for 2 days, but nothing intolerable. I also discovered an allergy while being on some pain meds. Overall, it was a terrible experience. I wanted to deliver and see my children...even if they weren't going to be as I had pictured. I just wanted to say goodbye. It was terrible. I got pregnant again this September, but it is a singleton pregnancy this time. My dr had advised waiting at least 3 months to give my body time to heal. I waited 6. I am 21 weeks today, and so far, no real issues :)

NativeMama88 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a miscarriage this past Christmas day (it actually started a week before with brown discharge), but the full-on labor pains of miscarriage started on Christmas day. I didn't have a D&C and only bled for about 9 days. I was 10 weeks pregnant but the baby died at 7 weeks. My midwife has told me that I can try again as soon as I'm ready, and that the only real reason they like patients to wait for at least one cycle is so they can accurately date the next pregnancy. But then she said that they could do that with ultrasound so, again, just whenever I was ready. This was my first pregnancy.

neesie913 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&E on 2/11/11 and I am very glad I did. This was my 1st attempt at a baby. Being told the baby died was dificult enough, I could not have imagined waiting for my body to "handle" the situation on it's own. I have some cramping and a very little spotting. I am glad this ordeal is over and I can begin to heal. My doctor said I should wait 1 cycle and we can try again. Everyone keeps telling me I'll be fine and chances are good that I'll have a successful pregnancy someday. I know everyone is trying to help and I am thankful I have family and friends who care. I keep saying "I know, but it sucks right now, just let me be sad." I pray for all of you that have suffered a loss. Good luck everyone!

shanstec@msn.com |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I've had two miscarriages and no children so far. My first miscarriage happened at 6 weeks. I started to bleed and have horrible cramping. Two and a half months later I found out I had a missed AB (baby did not have heartbeat at check-up ultrasound). My doctor gave me the option to wait for miscarriage to occur or have a D&C. I opted for a D&C, because my first natural miscarriage was so painful. I also wanted to have the fetus' chromosomes checked to see if a chromosomal defect had caused the miscarriage. The D&C was the easiest procedure I have ever had and there was minimal pain and bleeding after. I'm glad I chose the D&C because I was able to find out the fetus had trisomy 16 (the most common cause for miscarriage and incompatible with life), so I knew I had done nothing wrong to cause the miscarriage. It's been three months, and now we're ready to start trying again.

amastro929 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I went to my appointment to find out what we were having when I was a few days over 18 weeks. The ultrasound tech told us that the baby had been dead for 3 weeks. We were just devistated. I never felt that anything was wrong. So, the doctor admitted me into the hospital where he would start giving me Cytotec to start the dilation stage. I was in the hospital for 5 days on as much of the Cytotec that anyone can possible handle. I was not dilating at all. So, the doctor recommended that I have a D&E. I was mentally and emotionally a wreck. I had the D&E procedure and it was really not physically that painful. Now, 3 months later I am 8 weeks pregnant. I go on March 3 to have my first ultrasound. I am hoping for good news!!

JaysMom83 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I was six weeks and one day pregnant today. I'd been spotting and was only a little worried, since there could still have been plenty of reasons for spotting. Today it started to get heavier, along with cramping that was not as bad as some of my menstrual cramps, but still pretty high up there. I went to the emergency room and wound up having a miscarriage in the waiting room. My body was expelling the fetus (my husband suggested I stopped calling it "my baby" to make the pain less) and all it took was the PA to remove 'the tissue' during the pelvic exam. They gave me an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay in my uterus. I'm devastated right now, but I feel as though I can be better prepared for my pregnancy next time around, since I found out at four and a half weeks that I was pregnant. I'll be taking my prenatal vitamins still and hoping to get pregnant again in the next three months. To those of you ladies who have had multiple miscarriages, my heart goes out to you. This one on its own feels horrible enough (being my first pregnancy I don't have anything else to go off of personally), and I could not imagine what I'll do if my next pregnancy ends this way, too. I just want to say you don't have to try to be strong through the first trial of this. It's okay to cry, and to be hurt and sad and scared. You're grieving over your unborn child, no matter how far along he/she was. It will still always be your baby. I wish everyone the best of luck in conceiving and carrying healthy babies to full term after a loss.

Eveanyn |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

i had a D & e at 20 weeks. i had a baby with trisomy 21. it was a very painful 3 day procedure that my husband and i felt that we needed to do. It has been a little over a month that i had the procedure done. I want to have a baby more than anything, and I am not sure if i should start trying again soon. i went to my obgyn, and he said thta i was heeling and i can start trying again in a month. anyone who has been through this, how long after did you start trying. I also just wanted to say my heart goes out to all of you who lost a baby, i hope you all have healthy beautiful children!

coco0525 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&C at 8.5 weeks on 3-5-10 and a D&E at 22 weeks on 2-2-11, after many "perfect" doppler checks at the OBGYN's office and thinking everything was just fine and dandy with the lastest pregnancy. We went in at our 20 week appointment and were excited to see our baby again (we hadn't seen him since a 9 week ultrasound) and to learn the sex of the baby. We were shocked to hear wht the dr said next...she said that his intestines were on the outside of his belly and she sent us immediatley to a high risk OB for a better picture of his belly to know what we would be dealing with for the next 4.5 months. That OB gave us devestating news, he told us that our baby had what is known as a body stalk anomaly...which basically means his entire chest and belly cavity was wide open with no tissue avaialbe to cover it if he were carried to term and born. I was beyond devastated. We scheduled a fetal MRI to make sure without a showdow of a doubt that what they were telling us was fact and that resulting in pediatric surgeon telling us he was fatal, he would not live outside my womb and in fact his lungs had already stoped developing, I was the only thing that was keeping him alive. We went ahead an scheduled the D&E and I had to have laminaria placement procedure which very painful and they gave me no medication to lessen this pain! After my D&E we had him baptized and cremated. We are going to bury him at the cemetary with my grandfather on Easter Sunday. We named him Isaiah David, Isaiah means "return to God", which is a perfect meaning. We are activley trying to conceive again and pray that we will have better results in our future. I pray it doesn't take long to conceive this next time either we have been actively TTC for nealry 6 years!

Kileya13 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&E in October 2010. FIve months later... I am 8 weeks pregnant. I guess I am like everyone else that is nervous about this pregnancy. I had no sign or symptoms... I lost the baby @ 14 weeks but didn't know until 17. My current OB told me that miscarriages are common but all the same, it's hard as heck to deal with it. I had a speedy recovery (physically) & I wish the same for you.

luvofpanda |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&E with my unborn son at 20 weeks and 3 days after he had passed away at 20 weeks and 1 day. I didn't do it to avoid seeing him, I wanted to see his perfect face and to hold him and say goodbye but I was not given a choice. I had placenta previa with him and putting my through an induced labor could have caused hemorraging. It was awful. I hated it. I hated it all.

BlessedMama4 |

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I had a D&E 4 weeks ago. We are still extremely devastated. It will take a long time to heal emotionally but physicially I am on the road to recovery. Because I was 18.5 weeks along, they needed to dialate my cervix ahead of time through the placement of "laminaria" (seaweed sticks). The laminaria placement was done over 2 days. I received local anasthesia through a shot into my cervix because I was scared of the pain. They inserted 6 sticks on the first day and 11 sticks on the second day. With the anasthesia, the procedure wasn't painful - except for the cramping that followed. On the third day, I went into the hospital for the D&E. I was put to sleep and the procedure was successful. My doctor informed me that he did not have to dialate me mechanically because the laminaria dialated me enough (which was a really good thing since it minimized the risk of injuring the cervix). I have been bleeding for the past 3.5 weeks but it is starting to subside. I am hoping the spotting will stop soon and that shortly enough, I will get my first period. My doctor told me to wait at least 2 cycles before trying to conceive again. I am trying to stay hopeful but it hurts everyday. I am praying that one day God will give us a healthy little miracle and that we can smile once again.

ania.mario |

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I have had 3 miscarriages, two of which included a D&E. On the third miscarriage I decided to forgo the D&E and let my body handle it naturally. Unfortunately a bit of developed placenta never passed so it kept building back up and I would have extremely painful cramping and heavy heavy bleeding until I finally had to do a D&E.

NinjaPiggy |

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D&E is the same as a D&C (I think). I have had 2 miscarriages and had D&C's with both. Although they involve hospitals, surgery, etc. My body never gave up on it's own so he D&C's helped me to move on and allowed my body to release. They seems scary, but are truly minor (surgery-wise).

MamaLo1216 |

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hi im 8 weeks and las tues july 12 i start bleeding but brown and on wed i went to the er just to make sure everything was ok well they didnt help at all then i went to my ob on thu and he did a HCG friday yey was going up from 200 to 400 yey oh wait on sat i start bleeding more but now it was like my period but with alot of clots today i call the doc and he want to see me again did an ultrasound he found out that was no baby after he told me it was on thu, now he is telling me it could be there but he count see him so now i have to wait until next week appt :( i been trying for this baby for 2 years and finally was here and 8 weeks later his not why????????

sahiraangel08 |

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I am 10 weeks pregnant and scheduled to have a D & E this Friday. We went for our first ultrasound last week and the yolk sac was still there and the baby only measured 6 weeks. No heart beat. I'm devastated and terrified. From what I understand, a D & E (dilation and evacuation) is a bit more gentle than a D & C (curretege?). I have to say that I couldn't imagine going through this any later in my pregnancy. Each week that passed gave me hope that this pregnancy was going to be successful. You always hear that miscarriages are common, but there is still no way to prepare for it and it hurts like hell. This is my first pregnancy and we were fortunate enough to get pregnant on our first try, so I'm grateful for that but now I'm anxious about this happening again. To all of you ladies who have had this happen multiple times, I can't imagine your pain but I admire your strength. I wish you all the best.

Jillian708 |

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I really wish I would of found this page when I had my D & C at 12 weeks two years ago. I went through it alone because I felt that I needed to be with my baby alone. It was hard and they told me what had caused my miscarriage was actually a blood clot that I had in my cervix while pregnant with my daughter. I had too many complications with my first pregnancy that I really thought it would be hard to conceive again. But 8 months later sure enough found out I was pregnant again. Like I said I had all the signs of miscarry horrible stomach and lower back pain and vomiting, but the baby never came out, two weeks later I went to have him "scraped" out and the doctor informed me that the blood clot I had was now gone and that he was sure that caused my miscarriage since it didn't let the baby grow. I got pregnant again earlier this year and at 6 weeks I miscarried again, no known cause. I had only one menstrual cycle in April and when I went to the hospital for extreme stomach pain they had me go back 3 weeks later for an u/s and sure enough they saw a baby around 3 weeks old, I joke and tell my husband wow the baby really wanted me to know he was in there I guess when we conceived my stomach hurt just as bad as going into labor so he would let me know so I could get checked and everything goes well, so far everything has and I'm praying that it stays that way..

Angeles09 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

Wow, it's so comforting to know that I'm not alone. After TTC for 1.5 yrs and going through 3 artificial inseminations, my husband and I finally got pregnant in June. Our due date was March 4th, 2012. It was the happiest we had ever been. I spotted throughout the first few weeks but my beta level continued to rise. I went on light duty at work as a precautionary measure. At 7 weeks, we had our first ultrasound and baby looked perfect. It was surreal to actually hear our child's heartbeat. We went back this Tuesday for our 9 week ultrasound and I will never forget my doctor's words as he began the ultrasound, "There is a problem. There is no heartbeat." It was all a blur and I don't remember if he said how old the baby measured. My doctor said that it would be very painful to miscarry naturally so he scheduled our D&C for Thursday. I had some cramping after but the nurse gave me some medicine through my IV and I felt better. Since then I've had normal period bleeding. Surprisingly, my thighs feel really sore. I'm not sure if it's from the position I was in during the procedure. The physical symptoms are all minimal to the heartbreak that my husband and I feel. Sometimes I think that I have no more tears to cry and then it starts all over again. I have never felt so devastated in my whole life.

hopeful31 |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

Last Month July 9, 2011 i had a miscarriage at 10 weeks. They found out that the baby is blighted ovum and need to clean the womb after miscarriage to avoid infection. My husband and i is hoping for another baby after 5 months of taking vitamins and a full rest. Hope everyone may not loose hope for another try. God has plans for us.

lizze.tupaz |

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I just had a d & c july 22nd due to medical malpractice and iam still infuriated! i had minor brown bleeding on july 21st, went to the er, they gave me ultrasound, showed on ultrasound i had incompetent cervix and it was pening, but dr said i was fine and sent me home, when she should have admitted me for the night, contacted a specialist right away for a cerglage, next night went right back in, showed amniotic sac was potruding at this point, she still could have givin me a emergent cerglage, neglected this, didnt even inform me of what was going on, went down there with surgical clamps and broke my water, my little boy was born alive and i had to watch him die. hardest thing ever :( im telling you be careful people in this world are truly sick and evil!

lpinkston276 |

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This will sound weired, but reading all of the stories is helping me to understand a little. Monday 22nd my husband and I went to the doctor and we found out we were having a girl. She looked good and everything was fine. Saturday morning I woke up to my water breaking, and I was not sure at first what was going on but I knew something was wrong. I started bleeding. We went to the hospital and we heard the heart beat an we thought everything was fine. I lost all the fluid and she would not be able to breath outside of the womb. I had to have a D&E. This has been the hardest thing for both of us. I have cried so much that I think that can not cry any more but I do. Just reading all of your stories has really helped me.

m_hernandez25 |

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i totally undertsand hernandez25, at least i think i sort of do. no one will ever be able to feel your pain. I tried for 3 years to concieve my little boy, the could have given me a rescue cerglage since my water had not yet broken but my dr neglegenly popped my water. it hurts to know something could have beeen done. i contacted lawyers and they said theres definatly a case but due to the medical malpractice caps the money recieved after trial wouldnt be worth there time...im very torn.

lpinkston276 |

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the best thing i can say is when your body is ready you'll be pregnant again..i just lost a baby in march had a total of 8 miscarriages after this last loss i said give my body 6 mos and ill be pregnant again and here it is 6 mos later and 6 weeks pregnant dr says everything looks great so im hopeing to have at least a 2nd child i ve had 1 live birth and hopefully this one should be due in May

manddtenn |

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I miscarried my son at 22 wks due to an abruption, I wanted to push but the doctors felt that I was losing too much blood. I was already dialated 4 cm, and at that point I had lost too much blood so they took me back to surgery to do the D&E. Instead of using the vacuum the doctor was able to remove the baby and my placenta by hand. This may not mean much to most but the fact that I got to hold my son afterwards meant the world to me...... March 31, 2011

Hami03 |

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i am scheduled for a d and e tomorrow. I am 15 weeks pregnant. I so wanted this baby and have no reason as to why after all this time i was spotting so lightly but just felt like something was wrong and went to the hospital to have it checked out. i did not expect to walk out of there in tears only to be told that the baby did not have a heartbeat. I think the worst part for me was the fact that i know the baby has still been inside of me for this last week. I just want this to be over so that we can start again. I didn't think that i could get pregnant for the longest time due to irregular periods and then after the dnc recommended by my doc i got pregnant the first sexual encounter with my fiance. Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow and in a couple months i will be pregnant again i am not getting any younger!

RobinG570 |

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I just miscarried Friday (10 weeks, 6 days pregnant). I opted for the D & C because I just wanted it out of me and didn't want complications to arise, knowing my OB was leaving for the week. I feel fine, some cramping equvilant to early contractions but not bad at all. To the one who asked about the anaesthesia: It is minor. I don't know if I was out cold but when I got back to the recovery room it was like I was drunk, but my husband said it was like I just snapped out of it and started crying. It's just like a little sleep aid, it seemed to me...

Bear021 |

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I have had an ectopic, 5 chemical pregnancies, 3 iui procedures with no luck. This time I found out I was pregnant and felt great. At 8wks went for an ultrasound and there was no heartbeat. We decided to do a d&c last week. I have had no bleed ing but the past 3 days have had lots of cramping. My dr said its most likely blood clots that should come out on their own. I'm petrified because I don't know what to expect. Anyone have clots a week later? This has been one of the hardest things aside from the ectopic. Like others just when you think you can't cry anymore, the tears just don't stop. We are now taking a break but with every positive test I get, I'm so scared to be excited. I hope when we start trying again, everything goes smoothly because this is all emotionally and mentally draining. I wish you all luck and we all have to stay strong and positive (as hard as that is)

Zarkoe |

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I found out my 1st pregnancy was non-viable at my first OB appt at 9 weeks. Due to rechecks and scheduling, my D&C wasn't until 12 weeks. Even though at 9 weeks I wanted to have the procedure right away, in retrospect I'm glad it was three weeks later for a couple reasons: 1) It gave me time to emotionally deal with the loss of the pregnancy so that by the time I had the D&C I was emotionally ready for it. Going through surgery is scary enough, and having the fresh emotions of a lost pregnancy would have been an additional burden. 2) At 9 weeks I still had high hormone levels and the associated nausea, which was gone by the time of the D&C - anesthesia for the surgery would have made it so much worse. The D&C itself was physically not that bad. I was completely anesthetized the whole time and was not in any pain at all when I woke up. Cramping over the next couple of days wasn't bad - the docs gave me some stronger drugs but all I really needed was some ibuprofen. I'm 2 days post-op right now and still have some mild cramping, especially when I try to do too much (I'm not very good at sitting still), but it's really not all that bad.

Bella Gallina |

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In 04 I had my first and only miscarriage, knock on wood. I went in for my 8 week appointment and was told everything looked great. a week later I was at the store with my husband and started to feel "funny" I went to the restroom and noticed I was bleeding. I found my husband and told him we needed to go to the hospital, that something was wrong. I had a feeling I was miscarring. My husband called my OBGYN's office and luckly they had an opening. My OB performed an ultrasound, from the look on his face I just knew it wasn't good. He sent me to have another ultrasound at the hospital where we found out I had lost the baby at 6 weeks. I went back to my OB's office and he told me my options. Since it was my first I was scared and opted to take the pill that would help me pass the tissue at home. It wasn't painful just felt like I was cramping.. it mostly just felt weird. Two months later I found out I was pregnant again. I was excited but scared. I was scared through out my whole pregnancy. August 2005 I delivered a healthy little boy, 2 years later we had our daughter. It's been 4 years and we are TTC again. I'm excited but scared. Loosing a child is never easy...to me I think loosing one before they even have a chance is the hardest. I think about the one I lost every day.. I wonder what type of child he or she would have been. My heart goes out to each and every woman out there who knows this kind of lose.

princesst92703 |

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I had a D&C in February. I was 11 weeks with no symptoms of a miscarriage - went to the dr for a regular checkup and they couldn't find the heartbeat. I chose a d&c as I did not want to see anything - It all seems like a bad dream now. The dr said it was good I chose that as I ended up losing 1/6 of my blood and would have been hospitalized anyways. We are now trying again and I will know next week if it worked this time. Hoping for the best, but can not image the worrying I will go through throughout the entire next pregnancy.

AmberPierz |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I had a D&C 3 weeks ago. First pregnancy, no signs of miscarriage. I went in to hear the heartbeat for the first time and found out. It was horrible! Waiting for my cycle to start back up again so that we can try again.

ktbelle1211 |

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I went for my first OB appt yesterday to have the Dr. tell me that my pregnancy test wasn't positive and asked how I had known I was pregnant I told him about the 3 home tests then the one at the clinic but I was spotting when I took the one at the clinic and they still said it was positive but nothing else since they didn't do anything pregnancy related there. The Dr. had done a pap, and two ultrasounds outer and inner and couldn't find my uterus to tell us what was or would've been the baby. He had mentioned something that the baby may have been absorbed, I have no idea what he means by this. I have done a blood test and he said the pregnancy hormone was close to none and that he still wanted to see me next week. I am so confused about what he means absorbed and why I still have to go back.

lovelyn8v |

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I had a D&C when i was 8 weeks pregnant, it helps prevent infection from if you have trouble miscarrying (due to no opening of the cervix or what not). It did help my cycles come back faster.

Maere |

Q&A: What is a D&E?

I found out i was pregnant when i skipped my period month and out of curiousity i had a hme pregnancy test done, i was so shocked and happy at the same time as i understd my boyfrnd was unfertile....i told my parents on my third month but they did not know....went to the doctor on thursday and had my first ultrasound and was so excited to see my baby......11 September 2013 i found out i was going to have a miscarraige at 17 weeks and 3days.... was very emotionally and mentally drained.....as it was my first pregnancy....was put on the drip so the baby could come faster...hope god blesses me and boyfrnd next year.....feeling positive.....sorry for all your losses and good luck to all of u brave ladies...... Missing my little boy so much

Angelboy11 |

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i miscarried 2 of my little angels in 2012 one February 14th and the other august 6th the first one I didn't not have a D&C but the second one I did. my dr. told me if they would have done a D&C the 2 baby may be here I am pregnant right now 3 months and all is going good. the miscarries was the most horrible thing that has happened to me. I am very sorry for all who has a miscarries

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