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Bleeding after D&E - is what I'm having normal?

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VillageMum Thu 18-Sep-08 17:49:31

Would really appreciate any advice from anyone who has had a D&E or D&C. Following a missed mc I had a D&E on 11 September. After the D&E I bled lightly for a day, then it stopped. No cramps, no pain at any stage. Yesterday, 7 days later, I noticed a bit of black blood which has since turned thicker and browny red. It's not that heavy, but it's more than spotting and it's disconcerting because I thought all of this was over now. Phoned the hospital today; the nurse said that because the blood isn't bright red it's probably retained blood from the evacuation that's only coming down now. I don't have pain or fever. Has anyone else had this?

I tested negative for pg yesterday (on hpt)for the first time since the D&E. I'm hoping that negative result means that no tissue has been retained (because surely the body would still be producing pregnancy hormone if any tissue was still in there?) Sorry if TMI but would appreciate any insights... I have a follow-up on the 26th with the consultant who did the D&E, but he's on holiday till then and unreachable. sad

barbie1 Thu 18-Sep-08 19:39:11

hi there, had a mmc last week and the op on monday, have been having the same discharge as you, especially today where it just seemed to flood out of me., the only time the body would still be producing the preg hormone is if the sac was still retained and im sure the op wouldnt of missed that. My consultant said i could experience, discharge/bleeding for up to 4 weeks...its just natures way of cleaning and preparing for next baby or period. The only time you need to be concerned is if you pass clots bigger than a 50p piece followed by cramps etc, fingers crossed everything is ok for you, prehapes your body is just finally getting back to normal, out with the old, in with the new! xxx

HairyToe Thu 18-Sep-08 20:38:36

Hi I had an ERPC in June and had quite a lot of erratic bleeding - bled for a few days, stopped for a while, then bled again. My period came after 28 days. SInce then I've had 2 more cycles-still don;t feel things arfe completely back to normal. My last period came after only 26days - very short for me. Now 3 months later hoping things will sort themselves out soon.

Advice I had after the op was to keep an eye on my temperature - any signs of infection you need to get back to the doctors.

VillageMum Thu 18-Sep-08 22:12:27

Thanks a million, barbie1 and HairyToe. You've both reassured me a lot!

barbie1, I'm very sorry for your loss - I know it's not easy, especially so soon after the mmc... fingers crossed for you too.

HairyToe - I'm encouraged to hear that your period came after 28 days in spite of erratic bleeding after the ERPC - I keep hoping that my cycle will kick in again now that the preg hormone is gone. Will check temperature, thanks!

barbie1 Fri 19-Sep-08 12:16:28

village mum pop over to emmsys angels its such a nice thread, lots of support, hope you are feeling better today x

VillageMum Fri 19-Sep-08 13:09:06

Thanks barbie1, will do that. Still bleeding. Feeling slightly hot and unwell but that could be due to a cold. Wish I had some answers. My consultant for the D&E is on holiday. His stand-in has his phone switched off. My GP is unavailable (this is how I ended up in A&E when I discovered the mmc). Very frustrating! sad

barbie1 Fri 19-Sep-08 13:14:22

snap, woke up feeling really hot, even dh commented..now i have a cold too, keep going from hot to cold and back again x

mm1509 Fri 19-Sep-08 16:33:50

Hi villagemum, have seen you on the knicker checkers thread and just want to second what barbie1 is saying about joining us on emmsys angels. I have found it so supportive and it means that I am not being depressing within all the good news on the knickers checkers. Look forward to seeing you there.

VillageMum Sat 20-Sep-08 10:46:53

Thanks mm and barbie1 - have had a really rough last 24 hours. My temperature kept rising, bleeding did not stop, hospital kept saying 'just wait and see what happens', dh came back from two days away on business trip and went through the roof. He got onto the phone to the hospital and threatened to make a formal complaint. So they saw me last night, did a clinical exam, turns out I have an infection and am now on antibiotics.
barbie1, keep an eye on those temperature spurts - I was 38 degrees C and apparently that counts as fever and needs to be checked out. Not that it's happening to you, but worth being aware of... How are you today BTW? x

barbie1 Sat 20-Sep-08 11:47:42

oh my gosh villagemum hope the tablets work soon and you are back to normal (well as normal as you can be!) im ok today, i had a fever in hospital but thankfully stayed overnight so they could keep an eye, since coming home my temp has been higher but not as high as yours, but i will keep checking thanks for advice, everything else here seems to be settled, still a small amount of blood...still just tired and emotional but thats to be expected. Hope you are in bed and relaxing as you read this, big hugs xx

harro39 Sat 20-Sep-08 13:05:50

Hi village mum, glad you found the section. I can't believe hospitals can be so dismissive especially when you can't access a gp. i am on anti b just in case as had cramps yesterday and I am lucky to be in a big gp practice so always lots to see. well done your dh for getting it sorted. hope the anti b kicking in and you feeling a bit better. take it easy and get lots of rest and pampering xxxxxxx

VillageMum Sat 20-Sep-08 14:42:10

Hi barbie1 - sorry to hear you'd had a fever too. Your bleeding sounds normal and as if it's tapering off though. Tired and emotional is how I feel too, now. And very, very angry with the hospital. They've now offered me a scan for next week to make sure that everything is clear. But I've also written to the consultant to complain. angry Will be seeing him again on Tuesday...

harro39 - very glad someone's looking after you! Thanks for your support and good wishes. smile

TheBlonde Sat 20-Sep-08 14:53:36

VillageMum - did they not give you antibiotics after the D&E? I thought they were routine

VillageMum Sat 20-Sep-08 15:11:21

TheBlonde - no, they didn't give me anything. Not a thing. Not even painkillers. I have the discharge letter in front of me. Under 'medications dispensed to take home' it says 'None - patient has her own paracetamol at home'. Good, isn't it?

TheBlonde Sat 20-Sep-08 15:38:04

that is so rubbish angry

I had a ERPC a couple of weeks ago and got 7 days of ABs and codydramol

barbie1 Sat 20-Sep-08 17:07:44

village mum, i had no medication to take home either!

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