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It looks like I need another ERPC

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GenericDietCola Wed 15-Jun-11 11:14:33

I suppose I'm writing this as a cautionary tale to others unfortunate enough to suffer a MMC. I discovered I'd had a MMC at my 12 week scan at the end of March. I decided to have medical management, which didn't work, so ended up with an ERPC in early April. After 6 wk I did a pregnancy test, which was positive, but I suspected something was wrong so went to my GP. She did a blood test for hCG concentration and found it was too low to indicate a viable pregnancy. A repeat hCG a week later was a bit lower, but still positive. She referred me for a scan today and it seems there is still 'something' there (sadly not a nice, normal pregnancy).

The dr who scanned me thinkgs it may be a sign of infection or possibly some retained placenta from the miscarriage. So I'm going back to the GP tomorrow to see what the next step is, but it looks like another ERPC may be in order.

I wanted to let people know that things aren't always straightforward and that if you feel something is wrong you should trust your instinct and request further tests.

I hope all of this is sorted soon as I would love to be pregnant again and hopefully have a healthy baby this time.

Best wishes to others who have suffered losses.

CherryPie3 Wed 15-Jun-11 12:58:41

I'm so sorry for your losses sad

GenericDietCola Wed 15-Jun-11 16:34:10

Thanks Cherry.

banana87 Thu 16-Jun-11 17:19:39

This happened to me sad Basically, I had a bit of tissue left over from the ERPC. I had a period and everything, but HCG levels persisted. I think we waited 6 weeks until my (private) consultant said enough is enough and did a hysteroscopy (so he could be sure he got it). Push NOT to have another ERPC, you need a camera in there since it is probably a very small area of tissue. I would fully recommend going private if possible. Sorry for your loss sad

GenericDietCola Fri 17-Jun-11 14:16:05

Thank you Banana and I'm sorry for your loss. What is a hysteroscopy? Do they go in abdominally, or vaginally?

I was in hospital all day yesterday before they decided they wanted to do another scan to try to decide what is left before they make a decision re operating again. I just want this to be over so that I can get back to normal and ttc again.

banana87 Fri 17-Jun-11 17:55:46

It was vaginally. Still under GA but very quick, so a day case. I would really push hard for that. I know NHS are stretched, etc but do NOT let them do another ERPC (seeing as its a blind procedure and did not work the first time).

GenericDietCola Sat 18-Jun-11 19:52:29

Thanks, Banana, that's great advice!

GenericDietCola Tue 21-Jun-11 13:59:47

Hm, the hospital are not sure it is retained products so now I have to have further scans to find out what is 'in there'.

banana87 Tue 21-Jun-11 19:54:20

Have they checked your HCG via blood test again? They need to do this weekly? FYI, they weren't sure with me either what it was but as my HCG was only falling slowly after a month they opted to do further surgery. NHS may take a different view though.

GenericDietCola Tue 21-Jun-11 21:15:45

Banana, my hCG was back to normal (yay!) but there is something there, possibly a benign growth like fibroids, which would be fine, possibly 'something else' - eek. Another scan on Friday may help in the diagnosis. I have now been bleeding for 14 days, which cannot be normal. I had an ERPC in 2008 and I was back to normal with an ordinary period after a few weeks. Am going to make more of a fuss on Friday - I want answers!

Thank you for your sage advice.

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