What is EPRC?

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PrettyCandles Sun 13-Nov-05 21:49:09


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DelGirl Sun 13-Nov-05 21:50:21

Its like a d & c. Evacuation of retained products of conception . Horrible term

PrettyCandles Sun 13-Nov-05 21:57:59

Is the procedure the same as D&C, just a different name?

I never even asked when it was suggested to me, shows what a state I was in. I refused it, in any cas.e

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Firecracker Sun 13-Nov-05 22:23:53

I might be wrong but from my reading over the last few days, with an ERPC they suction out the contents of the uterus whereas with a D&C they use a curette to scrape the lining. Someone may correct me!

PrettyCandles Mon 14-Nov-05 10:18:14

Do they have to dilate the cervix for ERPC, or does the tube just sort of slip in?

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george32 Mon 14-Nov-05 10:25:10

I had a pessary inserted to soften the cervix prior to the ERPC, I guess so that the tube would fit through.

PrettyCandles Mon 14-Nov-05 10:36:09

Thanks for your answers, btw. Where else could one come for such questions!?

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DelGirl Mon 14-Nov-05 10:37:11

I had mine done under a g/a so wasn't aware of what they did. ANd I cant remember having a pessary either, then again, it's not something that you want to really, is it.

Jen28 Sat 19-Nov-05 17:06:15

I chose to have an ERPC rather than let nature take its course. When I had my 12 week scan and they told me there was no baby, I was naturally devastated but had the good idea to go straight to my local library and found a really helpful book. The descriptions of a natural miscarriage were more than I thought I could bear, so I chose the ERPC. I just couldn't face the idea of seeing clumps of stuff coming out and wondering if that was my baby. The ERPC was clean and clinical and not at all traumatic. They do use a pessary to soften/dilate your cervix, then you go to theatre and have the g/a. It feels a bit crampy like a period. In the op they use suction first and then curette to make absolutely sure everything is out. I think it takes about 20 minutes. I had painkillers for 2-3 days and took things easy for a week. Not much bleeding really. A week later I was definitely physically ok.

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