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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: how soon should D&C be performed after miscarriage


 jae0929 - Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:49 pm

how soon should D&C be performed after miscarriage? the reason i am asking this is because of budget constraints.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:26 pm

User avatar Hello,
About half the time the body takes care of it without a need for a D&C so the doctor may advise you to wait a little while to see if you actually need it. The earlier you are in the pregnancy, the less likelihood that you would need to have the procedure since your body will probably expel it. After 10 weeks' gestation there is a greater likelihood that the miscarriage will be incomplete.

The decision should be made with your health care provider and the goal is to avoid infection and/or excessive bleeding which could result from an incomplete miscarriage.

I hope this helps.
Good luck
 jae0929 - Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:47 am

Thanks!

another question, should i really need to take Methergine after the miscarriage and D&C was performed? from friends, i've heard that they didn't have to take this anyway. it was recommended by the midwife, but then, i just want to make sure that i really need to take it. thanks in advance!

 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:39 pm

User avatar I would recommend that you follow your midwife's advice since she knows your case personally. Nobody, friends or us, would know more about your situation. Providers do often differ in how they treat their patients, and more than one way can be perfectly fine and appropriate.

Whenever you have questions about the advice you get, please ask questions until you are satisfied they have explained it well to you. This is part of their good health care.
Best wishes.

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