Hello, I'm back, again.
The good news is that I'm 4 months post D&C and have had 4 periods, the last 3 of which have been almost regularly timed. My first one took a bit longer than usual at 31 days post-op and I bled for 20 days after the operation, including brown spotting towards the end of that period. My last 3 periods have been spaced at 24-26 (not sure when I started bleeding red properly), 26, then 28 days apart. My usual cycle was about 26/27 days so I don't feel like my cycle is too messed up right now.
However my periods have changed since the D&C, I now start off by bleeding small amounts of brown blood (I don't count this as day 1 of period) often it is stringy and has gooey bits in and this lasts for 2 days, then I bleed fairly heavily a normal red blood for 3 days, then I finish off with small amounts of very dark brown blood again for about 2 days. So all up this lasts for 7 days. My pre-pregnancy periods lasted for about 5 all up and I had never ever had any brown bleeding before. The brown bleeding first appeared just after I'd started miscarrying (first lots of liquid, then red, big lump of tissue) and then it continued brown for almost 2 weeks leading up to my D&C, while the baby did not grow in this time (measured 12 weeks still rather than 14.)
My question is whether anyone else has experienced similar things after D&C and whether it corrected itself after a while, or whether this might be something to worry about? brown blood means old blood so I am worried about possible scarring or hormonal regulation problems.
I am still so sad after the loss, especially as it was a very complicated one and I did not double-check before going ahead with the D&C as I was in such a state so I blame myself and wonder what if there was a small chance it was viable if I had waited it out. I still want my baby back and by this point I know that this feeling isn't going to go away with time. I will be going to my GP in the next couple of weeks for a repeat prescription and will definitely bring this issue up with her, but in the mean time I was hoping for similar experiences/ advice. Thanks.
I've never had a DnC but my period always starts with brown stringy bits. It always has and I've now had two kids. After my first DD my period changed so much! Omg it was an overnight pad every hour. But things eventually settled down.
I had a similar thing happen after a d&c. I went from periods lasting 4-5 days, to 11 days. Mine turned out to be Adenomyosis and was just a coincidence that I was diagnosed with it after the d&c. It's worth seeing a doctor about it, especially if you are ttc again.
It took me a long time to get over my miscarriage. It was one of the hardest things I've ever been through.
Thanks for the replies, I have a GP appointment booked for Monday and will keep this thread updated with what happens. I'm also on B vitamins as I read that this can help with heavy periods and am trying to eat healthily. It's good to know that some women do have that icky brown stuff before a period, although since it's not normal for me and has only started since the pregnancy/d&c so I am still worried. It must be so frustrating to go onto an 11 day cycle bluehawaii, as if women don't have enough pain to endure already with 'normal' cycles! I also have slight pain on the right side of my lower abdomen, I've had cysts before, but this time I'm getting twinges throughout my cycle rather than at ovulation. I'm hoping this could just be that I'm more tuned into my body right now. I feel like my body is so messed up.
Have you got endometriosis? Spotting can be a symptom of that as well. I used to get spotting before my period, but after a laparoscopy a few years ago for endo, it cleared that up.
My experience was straight forward and without pain and I only had very light spotting for a few days afterwards. AF returned 28 days after the procedure. I was told by my ob to wait until I had a period before TTC again. We did this and conceived again straight away in July. I am now 11w5d with my third pregnancy this year and so far everything is going ok. I am waiting on my nipt results as I write this so any day now I will find out for sure if this pregnancy is a keeper.
Best of luck to you with TTC again. I know how emotionally draining it can be.
I went to the GP today and she was super unhelpful and very vague. She asked me if I wanted an infection and Chlamydia test even though I don't have any symptoms of that. I had to really prompt her by asking could it just be that my periods have changed because of pregnancy and she said she didn't know, but maybe. She said it could be because I came off the pill a YEAR ago, even though the symptoms have only occurred post D&C and I was fine after I came off the pill. She did ask of her own accord whether I have any family history of endometriosis and offered an ultrasound to rule it out. I'm really fed up and nobody seems to care that I have period symptoms for half of the month.
Hi. Just wanted to offer my experience.
Had a D&C in November 2014, after a MMC. After that, my period came spot on 28 days the first month, but like you I had brown stringy spotting however this was mid cycle.
After this, my periods were not as regular as they had been. (I'd always had 28 day cycles). They were now anywhere from 28 days - 34 days, which was really hard as every time I thought my period was "late" and I might be pregnant, I would be greeted just a few days later with the witch. My periods did change after my D&C, and nobody believed me until I found my current GP.
For some reason, after my D&C my periods were quite light, then heavy, then light, then spotting. Not normal.
It then took me 18 months to successfully fall pregnant, which my current GP put down entirely because of my D&C. My cycles were so irregular and my lining wasn't shedding properly, and was too thick for a successful implantation which resulted in numerous chemical pregnancies over those 18 months. My GP first time I saw her, told me to try low dose aspirin as it would help thin the blood and create more blood flow in my uterus, and surprise surprise, we fell pregnant that month and are due in just over a month!
Definitely seek more opinions and don't stop until you're happy with the results.
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