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ERPC after miscarriage?

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SouthvilleBeeHive Wed 21-Sep-11 12:32:22

Hi,
I thought I was 8 weeks pregnant, but after some spotting, went to EPC last Friday to be told that the pregnancy appeared to have stopped growing at 5 weeks. There was no yolk or baby in the sac, but that I should come back in a week (Friday coming) to have another scan to confirm. If needed, I would stay in to have an ERPC.
Since then, I am obviously miscarrying, but I don't know if that means I will still need the ERPC or if my body has cleared everything out by itself. I know sometimes things don't all come away cleanly, but I wondered if anyone else had any knowledge/experience of how often nature doesn't quite manage the full job, iyswim.
Sorry if this brings up unhappy memories for anyone
Thanks...

deemented Wed 21-Sep-11 12:37:48

Hi, sorry to hear about your MC.

You may need a scan to make sure that everything has gone.

In my last miscarraige, i mc'd at home, and went for a scan a couple of weeks later to be told that it hadn't all come away.

I opted for medial management of it - took some tabs and had a pessary, but it didn't work. I then had to wait to have an ERPC.

Patsy99 Wed 21-Sep-11 13:07:28

Sorry for your news. I've just miscarried myself and had an ERPC. The leaflet from the hospital said that if there is an "incomplete miscarriage" ie, some pregnancy tissue is left behind after bleeding, then in about 80% of cases the natural miscarriage will end up as a complete miscarriage if you wait. It sounds like the hospital is giving you a week to miscarry naturally before recommending the ERPC.

They'll be able to tell you at the scan whether the sac has passed or not. I know it's a horrible time.

SouthvilleBeeHive Wed 21-Sep-11 15:05:53

Thanks for the info. I think what I'm really wondering is how often the scan shows retained products if you've had full-on bleeding vs how often the scan shows that it's all clear and your body has fully cleared everything. It feels like adding insult to injury to have all the contractions and the STILL need surgery as well sad

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