Safe To Try Within 14 Days After D Amp C

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Sherry - March 21

Had my D&C (suction) on Sat 3.19 after a blighted ovum on 12 weeks. I feel good a bit cramps, had light bleeding for a day and thats all. Dr gave me antibiotics and some other pills to stop bleeding (have to take it for 14 days twice a day). I have an appoint in 2 weeks to see him. Will I ovulate in 14 days from D&C? will it be safe to try again if I do? my Dr didnt say do or dont, and I cant wait.....

 

Julie C. - March 21

Sherry, First, I'm very sorry for your loss. This is what I know: don't have s_x for at least 2 weeks (to make sure your cervix has time to close and thus prevent infection). You will ovulate about 2 weeks after your hcg level falls to under 5. However, getting your levels under to under 5 can take 1-4 weeks. Your doctor probably should have you do a blood test at 1 or 2 weeks post d & c to check your levels (continued levels of hcg can indicate that you have pregnancy tissue remaining). As for trying again, you'll hear lots of stories about women trying right after the miscarriage or d & c -- and some get pregnant and carry to term. Most doctors, however, suggest you wait 1 period (especially after a d&c) for your uterine lining to return to normal. Some docs say 2 , 3 or even 6 months. Most, though, say 1 period is enough. Many believe that conceiving again before one period increases your chance of miscarriage because of the thinner uterine wall (although, as I said before, some women have successful pregnancies without waiting). Good luck to you.

 

Kat - March 21

Here is something interesting I just read Sherry. I think we have to try to verify what we read on the internet but this worth looking into: http://www.pregnancyloss.info/trying_again.htm Best to you.

 

stacey - March 21

Julie C- GREAT answer! that's everything I would have had to say too!!!

 

Gina - March 21

Sorry for you loss Sherry. I ovulated at 2 weeks after but I was only 5 weeks p/g. My hcg level was at 140 when I started to m/c. Does anyone know how long it takes to go to zero from 140? I never wondered until I read this. GOOD LUCK!!! Use fertility strips to check for ovulation. http://www.accuratepregnancytests.com

 

Julie C. - March 21

Gina, I think there's no one answer. From reading these posts, you'll find out that everybody's level seems to drop at different rates. I know it took me 1 week to go from 4,000+ to 155; then 2 weeks to go from 155 to 9 (which was very disappointing). But other people's seem to drop much more quickly, as they report ovulation 2-3 weeks after the miscarriage. Good luck to you. (and thanks for the kudus, Stacey, although doesn't it suck to have to know this much about all this stuff? I'd rather be blissfully ignorant and 38 weeks pregnant!)

 

stacey - March 21

that's exactly what I say...I want to be one f teh ignorant ones that doesn't know until they are almost 3 mos. along- heck, I'd even settle for not knowing for over 1 month. Last time I found out 2 weeks after I conceived! it stunk to know that early- but< I guess it will be that way again since I'm trying so hard! sigh Ignorance IS bliss :)

 

Julie C. - March 21

Yeah, if I do get pregnant again, I don't know how I'll make it through the first trimester . . . I guess it's a problem I'm willing to have though. :)

 

stacey - March 21

Exactly- One I want to be able to have :) (soon!)

 

Sherry - March 21

Lets hope girls! thx!

 

Gina - March 21

Thanks Julie C, I am a__suming my hcg went down to ovulate. I did not know it had to be zero to ovulate in the first place. I will take a test on wednesday to see if I am pg. That will be 29 days since the onset of bleeding of m/c. Very nervous...I teach high school in the inner city and I AM SO STRESSED. I just hope that had nothing to do with my m/c.

 

stacey - March 21

Gina- I teach elementary school/middle school in the inner city too! Which city? I'm in Philly! It is too stressful, and I wonder if that had something to do with my miscarriage, either way, this is my last year (5th year). I need a less stressful environment so I can get a BFP sooner!

 

Heather - March 21

Your hcg levels don't have to be zero to ovulate that first time after a m/c. When your period starts after a m/c then your hcg levels are surely at 0. I tested on a thursday and my lvls ere 141... By the following monday they were down to 25. I was 9 weeks when I mc'd so... Mine dropped fast. My dr. told me just today that I can start trying right away but I have a feeling it is because I had a natural m/c and didn't have a d&c. She said that I was so early in my pregnancy I'd be fine if we got pg right away. Good luck to everyone!!!

 

Julie C. - March 22

Heather, are you sure about ovulation and the hcg? I have been told (and read) that you won't ovulate if your body has pregnancy hormones in it (no Lh surge to make the follicle release the egg, no need for the body to ovulate if it thinks it's already pregnant!). After the hcg drops to under 5, your system kicks in again and you may ovulate soon thereafter . . .

 

Heather - March 22

I'm only about 80% on that... I know I read somewhere that by your next period you are at zero. My dr told me the same thing as well... Levels will go down to zero by the time you have your next period. I hope you're right about the ovulation part... That would be good news for all those trying after m/c :) Say... Do you have a link to the site you read that at?? Can you post it :)

 

Julie C. - March 22

Heather, here's one source: "During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called hCG, which suppress the pituitary gland's production of other hormones that normally stimulate ovulation. The hCG level drops after the pregnancy tissue is removed during miscarriage. It must drop to zero before your cycles resume. Although the length of time it takes for this to occur depends predominantly on the value of hCG present before the miscarriage, hCG suppression of the pituitary gland usually subsides within two weeks. If you had a spontaneous miscarriage without any prolonged bleeding, you will ovulate within two to four weeks after the miscarriage." Source: http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/aftermiscarriage.html Hope that helps (it's a pretty good site).

 

Julie C. - March 22

Oh, Heather, one more thing. An hCG level of under 5 counts as 0.

 

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