I thought it would be worthwhile posting about my experience of an mva (manual vacuum aspiration) for my mmc, which I had today under local only. I tried earlier this week to find out more info on it but there isn't too much written about it as many hospitals prefer the traditional erpc under general.
I have previously had an early natural miscarriage (6 weeks) to compare it to. I was 11 weeks pregnant but embryo had only grown to 7 weeks with no heart beat. I had been on progesterone which I firmly believe masked the miscarriage as the sac continued to grow. I waited for 3 weeks for a natural miscarriage but nothing happened so I reluctantly decided to go for the mva. I had to ask for this procedure as I am so terrified of hospitals and generals etc and knew I wouldn't cope with any other surgical options.
The procedure lasted 15 mins and was honestly completely ok. So much better and more manageable than my natural miscarriage. I think it helps that I have had 6 children, all vaginal births, so my cervix is very used to dilating. I'm not sure I would recommend this to someone who hasn't had a vaginal birth before. On scale though of 1 to 10, where 10 is the last horrific bit of childbirth, the mva maybe scored barely 1. It isn't dignified, it is uncomfortable and the bleeding is fairly heavy for an hour or so afterwards, but now, 4 hours later, the bleeding has reduced to a light period. I felt well enough to have walked out of the hospital immediately after the procedure, but i had to wait an hour before leaving.
I have mild tummy pain which is not bad at all and I haven't had any pain relief whatsoever as I haven't felt I needed it.
I realise that this is a fairly clinical account and obviously emotionally, it is much more difficult, but I wanted to give an honest account of the manageability of the procedure to help others not to panic!
I am really sad that this much wanted baby didn't happen but trying to be positive that I have so much joy in my life that in some ways it was 'my turn' to fall into this sad statistic.