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What's a D & C?

(43 Posts)
Aniles Thu 21-Jul-05 10:11:12

My doctor said I might have to have one, it sounds a bit scary

Toothache Thu 21-Jul-05 10:12:22

Its a procedure sometimes carried out after a miscarriage. It is basically to make sure nothing is left in the womb that may cause infections. They access the womb via your cervix.

Have you had a miscarriage?

BareFootAngel Thu 21-Jul-05 10:13:06

i had one after my dd2 as i had retained placenta ,putting it simply its a clen of your womb.........someone will of course give you more details on here,,dont worry though hun

Aniles Thu 21-Jul-05 10:20:02

OMG! that's worse than I was thinking
I went to see my doctor because I've been bleeding continuously for 6 weeks. He's given me 2 lots of tables to take to stop the bleeding and pain and if it doesn't stop within 10 days then he's going to send me to have a D&C. Nothing was mentioned about a possible miscarriage. A D&C is not neccessarilty related to a miscarriage then is it?

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 10:20:50

I had one after a missed mc where they clean out the womb to remove any 'products' left behind. It was carried out under general anestetic and was under for about 20mins in total.

flamesparrow Thu 21-Jul-05 10:21:16

No - it isn't always for miscarriage. Sometimes they have a poke about in a situation like yours to make sure there's nothing in there aggravating you.

charleepeters Thu 21-Jul-05 10:21:38

do you have anithethic to have it done??/ i may have to have one to, and i realy dont want to feel it!

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 10:21:50

anile sit may be to just remove whatever is causing the bleeding. to give clean base for womb iykwim

BareFootAngel Thu 21-Jul-05 10:22:01

hey dont panic!! hes saying it as a last resort and it really isnt that bad honest quick and easy..its prob as you are having heavy periods he wants to spring clean your womb so to speak

Toothache Thu 21-Jul-05 10:22:20

ANiles - I don't think it's always connected to a m/c! I hope I haven't upset you.

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 10:22:47

charlee i wasnt given a choice over whether i was put under. To be honest i think i would prefer to be asleep anyway

BareFootAngel Thu 21-Jul-05 10:23:49

i had a general anasthetic but that was 14 years ago so may have changed darling if you are getting worried phone up the gp and ask if youcan talk to him or nurse get them to explain to you ,,but please dont panic

flamesparrow Thu 21-Jul-05 10:25:42

My friend has had several - all under general.

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 10:26:09

mine was in dec and under general.

Aniles Thu 21-Jul-05 10:27:39

Thank you everyone for your speedy replies. Toothache, don't worry you haven't upset me

Aniles Thu 21-Jul-05 10:30:10

If the bleeding was in fact due to a miscarriage, would a pregnancy test show positive or not?

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 10:31:33

aniles it may show positive as even after my d+c i showednpost for about 10days...

Aniles Thu 21-Jul-05 22:09:52

Now this is way TMI, I might even have to change my name afterwards...
I didn't get a pregnancy test because when I had the opportunity while I was out shopping earlier I thought I was just being rediculous. But I've just been lying in the bath thinking and I remembered that at the beginning of the bleeding, about 6 weeks ago, I passed a big lump. At the time I was really shocked but at the same time I remembered a friend telling me about what awful periods she has and saying that she regularly passes big clots, so I didn't panic too much. I remember thinking 'thank goodness my friend told me about that because otherwise I'd be really worried'. A miscarriage didn't even occur to me at the time, it was more a feeling of bloody hell my insides are falling out!
Whaddya think?

Nemo1977 Thu 21-Jul-05 22:31:49

aniles it does sound possible hun as mcs can happen in all different ways. I have had 2 natural mcs and they were both different one i passed a huge lump but the other was bleeding and little clots. It really does just depend on your body.

Aniles Fri 22-Jul-05 11:10:38

Thanks again for replying Nemo
I've done a pregnancy test and it was negative. Does that definitely rule out a miscarriage? Does anyone know what else could cause such prolonged bleededing?

Aniles Fri 22-Jul-05 21:47:36


Aniles Sat 23-Jul-05 17:07:11


foxinsocks Sat 23-Jul-05 21:39:04

aniles (without wanting to be too gross), I get very heavy periods and when they are at their heaviest I pass huge lumps. I remember reading somewhere that when you bleed a lot, the blood starts to clot and that's what the lumps are (if it's not a miscarriage) so heavy, prolonged bleeding with lumps would be expected I think. For your info (stop reading if queasy!), the lumps look like pieces of liver.

foxinsocks Sat 23-Jul-05 21:41:28

heavy period info

mentions the clots and the D&C bit

Aniles Sun 24-Jul-05 00:05:25

thank you foxinsocks, that's very helpful

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