A D&C is short for "dilation and curettage." I found a good article for you at the American Pregnancy Association's website:
http://www.americanpregnancy.org /pregnancycomplications/dandc. html
Here's the first paragraph that is pretty informative:
D&C, also known as dilation and curettage, is a surgical procedure often performed after a first trimester miscarriage. Dilation means to open up the cervix; curettage means to remove the contents of the uterus. Curettage may be performed by scraping the uterine wall with a curette instrument or by a suction curettage (also called vacuum aspiration), using a vacuum-type instrument.
As for the original question for this post, I just had the procedure last week on Thursday. My post op appointment is next Wednesday, so it'll be just under two weeks. We are not going to try for another baby until I've probably gone through two cycles, and I want to make sure my body's completely ready. There's lots to do other than intercourse, remember, and you can make it even more intimate by adding candlelight :o) Check with your doctor before you start having too much fun, just to be on the safe side *L*
5/11/09 1:16 P
This may sound like a stupid question but I know all the other abvs but what is D&C?
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2/3/09 7:27 A
When I had my D&C the Dr wanted me to wait about 2 to 3 weeks. And he told me not to get pregnant for at least 2 Months to let my body get back where it needed to be.
1/24/09 7:41 A
Hi Ladies, I don't know if he'll test HCG. Not sure what to expect from this follow-up. Let me say that this is my regular OB/Gyn, have gone to him/this group for years and they're one of the best in NYC. But they're so swamped, that they can be a little bit impatient with me when I have a lot of questions. Kind of frustrated about that.
Thanks for sharing that you spotted on and off for 40 days, it makes me feel more normal - you read women's posts here that say "I only bled for two days and had no cramping" and it makes me feel like something went wrong with mine.
1/23/09 11:02 A
I spotted on and off for 40 days, and we only waited a week. The spotting is probably your body's way of trying to purge leftover HCG, not necessarily an indication that the D&C didn't work. Will your Dr draw labs to see where your hormone levels are?
Edited by: SHANS_LIL_FAM at: 1/23/2009 (11:03)
1/23/09 7:48 A
Gotta tell you Auntchel, sometimes these doctors really tick me off.
Two weeks after bleeding stops? I'm at 17 days post procedure and the slight, dark brown spotting just continues... it's tapered off, but there seems to be no distinct end to it.
My follow up is on Monday. My doctor had better check to see what is going on - it will have been WAY too long that I can't be intimate with my husband and that alone is greatly heightening both of our upsets at the loss of the pregnancy.
Just venting. Sorry to be so emphatic, but I am frustrated - concerned about how long this is taking and I'm also SO eager to ttc again.
1/22/09 8:58 P
My dr. said 2 weeks, too. However, unlike pp, my follow-up appt. was a month later, and he didn't examine me, just asked me how I was feeling. Shaved my legs for nothing!
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1/21/09 12:51 A
I didnt have a D&C and they said to wait I think 2 weeks after my bleeding stopped? I cant remember now but you definintly dont want to end up with an infection. I would wait until your appt and bring it up then. Good luck!
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1/20/09 3:22 P
Well, they say that you should wait at least two weeks, and by this time, you should have seen your doctor for a post-op appointment. They'll examine you to make sure that your cervix is back down to its normal size. Remember, when they did the D and C, the dilated it. If your cervix is not back down to its appropriate size and you have sex, you can get a serious infection, which you def. don't want. I know it's hard to wait, but to prevent any other complications, it's really for the better.
1/20/09 7:29 A
Hi... sensitive question here. My doctor said "two weeks" for sex after the D&C that I had, and that was two weeks ago (wink wink)
I still have a tiny bit of spotting, maybe one little brown spot per day - at what point after the procedure did you start having intercourse again with your SO? Were you still spotting at all by then?
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