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Had a D&C at 6w postpartum for retained placenta. What are the chances of having ashermans syndrome? No periods since.

Had a D&C at 6w postpartum for retained placenta. What are the chances of having ashermans syndrome? No periods since.

Low: If no previous I+D or abortion procedures chances low. Other procedures chances go up. You don't say how long its been, just that you had it at 6w post partum. See your OB/GYN, take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Retained Afterbirth (Definition)

The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical ...Read more


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I had a d&c for retained placenta 2 weeks after a vaginal delivery, is this normal? Most people I hear about is 6 + weeks postpartum.

I had a d&c for retained placenta 2 weeks after a vaginal delivery, is this normal? Most people I hear about is 6 + weeks postpartum.

Never normal: A retained placenta is not a normal thing to happen at all. It is considered an abnormal complication. A D and C is the correct treatment. The earlier post partum it is recognized and treated the better. ...Read more

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3 1/2 weeks post D & C (done4 weeks postpartum retained/placenta), still crampy and spotting. OB says not worried, but I am. Opinions?

3 1/2 weeks post D & C (done4 weeks postpartum retained/placenta), still crampy and spotting. OB says not worried, but I am. Opinions?

May be normal.: The provided history may reflect a normal postoperative and postpartum course. If any tissue were to remain in the uterus, a pelvic ultrasound could be performed to determine if there are any retained products of conception. ...Read more

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Bright red bleeding 3 days post d &c for retained placenta (4 weeks postpartum). Very light when resting, but heavier. When I stand or do something.

Bright red bleeding 3 days post d &c for retained placenta (4 weeks postpartum). Very light when resting, but heavier. When I stand or do something.

Call your doctor: Bleeding should decrease each day. If it is not or worsening, you should call your surgeon (the one who performed the D&C). ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound that showed retained placenta almost 2 weeks postpartum, but I haven't bled at all for 4 days. Can I decline the d&c?

I had an ultrasound that showed retained placenta almost 2 weeks postpartum, but I haven't bled at all for 4 days. Can I decline the d&c?

Maybe: Sometimes the retained placenta is due to an ingrown into the muscle placenta (accreta) and is best left to come out on its own. If that is not the case by the MD's assessment, then a D & C is recommended to prevent an infection. If sudden bright red bleeding occurs at anytime run do not walk to the ER as it can be massive in a very short time. ...Read more

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Baby was stuck with brachial plexus injury, had retained placenta and post partum hemorrhage. I am pregnant w #2. Scared. What is chance hemorrhage?

Baby was stuck with brachial plexus injury, had retained placenta and post partum hemorrhage. I am pregnant w #2. Scared. What is chance hemorrhage?

PG is risky business: Pregnancy, in of itself, has inherent risks and complications associated with that state of being as you have noted from your previous pregnancy. Now that baby # 2 is on the way it is normal to have a heightened concern about repeat hemorrhage. Share your anxiety with your treating OB MD and if still not reassured, and if he/she delivered baby # 1 then seek a 2nd OB MD consultation. ...Read more

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Severe Blood Clotting Heavy Bleeding Dizziness Light Headed Faint, Now A Month AFTer Giving Birth Could I Have Retained Placenta?

Severe Blood Clotting Heavy Bleeding Dizziness Light Headed Faint, Now A Month AFTer Giving Birth Could I Have Retained Placenta?

Bleeding after baby: I would see your ob/gyn. They can sort out these issues. You need to get the blood count checked.
You can also see the primAry care doctor the get the bloodwork Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I had a d& c 2 years ago due to retained placenta that caused a hemmorage. I am still regularly breastfeeding my toddler but my periods have gotten shorter and lighter yet are consistent with a short cycle 27 days and long cycle 34. Ashermans syndrom?

I had a d& c 2 years ago due to retained placenta that caused a hemmorage. I am still regularly breastfeeding my toddler but my periods have gotten shorter and lighter yet are consistent with a short cycle 27 days and long cycle 34. Ashermans syndrom?

?: You need to see your gynecologist if really concerned about your fertility, and whether you have Asherman's syndrome, which is rare by the way. The good news is that you have regular cycles, there are several causes for having short and lighter cycles, breast feeding may be one, good luck ...Read more

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I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...Read more

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What are the four most common types of postpartum hemorrhage?

What are the four most common types of postpartum hemorrhage?

"Four" thought: 1.) Failure of uterine involution. (needs Pitocin)
2.) Cervical or vaginal laceration
3.)Retained placental tissue
4.) Blood clotting problems (low platelets, DIC, hemophilia, etc.) ...Read more

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Very low hemoglobin after transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

Very low hemoglobin after transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

What is the question: Hello fbruno6. If you are still bleeding, your hemoglobin may remain low. Continued transfusions, if needed, will bring up the hemoglobin. You may also have underlying iron deficiency and that also needs to be treated. I am not sure of what your question is, but hope that the above information is helpful to you. ...Read more

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I had a postpartum hemorrhage after birth month ago and till now im facing severe intestinal pain constipatio and gaz all the time. What should I take?

I had a postpartum hemorrhage after birth month ago and till now im facing severe intestinal pain constipatio and gaz all the time. What should I take?

Blame iron. Maybe?!: Following a hemorrhage, there is a good chance, your doctor started you on iron supplementation. Yes? If so, the iron will help speed up your bodies natural process of replacing the blood lost after delivery. Unfortunately, iron can be very harsh on your GI system (cramping, constipation, etc). Adding a stool softener/fiber may help. Narcotic pain medication may cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the medical meaning of postpartum hemorrhage?

Heavy bleeding: Postpartum hemorrhage means heavy vaginal bleeding after postpartum- loss of blood more than normal amount 500 ml.
It is very serious, cause high maternal mortality, need immediate attention a as well as monitoring. ...Read more

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I have had postpartum hemorrhage about 3years ago. What is my risk of this happening again? Is it safe for me to get pregnant again?

Possibly and yes: It is always possible that you would have another hemorrhage, but it is unlikely. As to whether you are safe to be pregnant or not, you should be after three years. Make sure your obstetrician is aware of it, and they might want to have a couple of units of blood crossmatched to you when you deliver, but that is a reasonable accommodation. ...Read more

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Why do I not need to shave my legs or underarms since I had a postpartum hemorrhage and long hospitalization.?

Why do I not need to shave my legs or underarms since I had a postpartum hemorrhage and long hospitalization.?

Hormonal Change: You may have had significant blood loss and this may have affected the pituitary gland which coordinates your homones. This sometimes happens in this scenario. If recent, it could also just be that your body is recovering from the stress of recent hospitalization but if it was not recent it could be a more significant change. Either way your should make an appointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the meaning of postpartum hemorrhage?

What's the meaning of postpartum hemorrhage?

Dangerous!: Postpartum hemorrhage still kills women in developed countries in generally preventable complications. It means a woman loses more than a liter of blood after c-section or more than half a liter after vaginal birth. Physicians have little time to act decisively to stem the hemorrhage before it becomes life-threatening. Blood transfusion, surgery, uterotonic meds, hysterectomy and intensive care! ...Read more

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What are the tests for postpartum hemorrhage?

What are the tests for postpartum hemorrhage?

Obvious: Post-partum hemorrhage is generally obvious from bleeding from the birth canal and no tests are needed. Measuring hemoglobin and blood cell counts assist in assessing the severity of hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Why did my HIV risk rise after blood transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

Why did my HIV risk rise after blood transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage?

Massive transfusion.: You were probably transfused with a lot of blood without the time to properly crossmatch it. Although blood units that are donated are typed, screened, and checked for infection, not all infections are always readily apparent. Since this was an emergency and a lot of units might have been given, infection risk goes up, especially if units were not crossmatched yet. ...Read more

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What is postpartum hemorrhage?

What is postpartum hemorrhage?

Loss after birth.: Postpartum hemorrhage is the loss of morethan 500 ml of blood after vaginal delivery, or 1000 ml of blood after cesarean section. It is the most common cause of perinatal maternal death in the modern world and is a major cause of maternal morbidity worldwide. ...Read more

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Postpartum hemorrhage after delivery and again in 10 days. Bleeded a lot and my uterus didn't contrat. Went to hospital but uterus in pain. Is this normal?

Postpartum hemorrhage after delivery and again in 10 days. Bleeded a lot and my uterus didn't contrat. Went to hospital but uterus in pain. Is this normal?

No - think vWD.: I am sorry you are experiencing delivery complications. Your description fits several possibilitites: von willebrand's disease, fibroids, retained placenta, gestational trophoblastic disease including placental site trophoblastic tumor, endometritis and cervical tumors. Vwd possibility should be investigated with a hematologist! The rest can be managed with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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I had a d& c and a uterine artery embolization for severe postpartum hemorrhage its been a week and I'm lightly bleeding is it normal?

I had a d& c and a uterine artery embolization for severe postpartum hemorrhage its been a week and I'm lightly bleeding is it normal?

Yes: Having light bleeding a week after uterine artery embolization for a postpartum hemorrhage is normal. The bleeding is likely coming from the lining of the uterus where the placenta was. That area has to heal (even after having these others treatments) so women will bleed or spot for 3-6 weeks after having a baby. ...Read more

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My uterus wasn't shrinking right after delivery via vacuum so they gave me blood transfusion. I got postpartum hemorrhage. Will I have it again?

My uterus wasn't shrinking right after delivery via vacuum so they gave me blood transfusion. I got postpartum hemorrhage. Will I have it again?

Not necessarily: The risk of bleeding at a subsequent delivery is not known.
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Why my blood count drops so quickly during pregnancy while my ferritin is >UNL? I'm at high risk for antepartum/postpartum hemorrhage (had IV iron due to the bleeding risk and IDA diagnosis prior to preg). Why do I still have anemia without iron/b12/folat

Why my blood count drops so quickly during pregnancy while my ferritin is >UNL? I'm at high risk for antepartum/postpartum hemorrhage (had IV iron due to the bleeding risk and IDA diagnosis prior to preg). Why do I still have anemia without iron/b12/folat

Inflammation?: I would think about this being secondary to anemia of chronic disease. Ferritin can be an acute phase reactant, essentially being indicative of ongoing inflammation; inflammation that can act as a mechanism for speeding up loss of red blood cells...Also look into your MCV. High MCV I would look into thyroid dysfunction. Pregnancy hemorrhage --> Panhypopituitarism --> Low thyroid --> Macrocytosis ...Read more

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Has anyone here treated retained placenta after delivery?

Yes: Probably anyone who has delivered a baby has had a case of retained placenta. ...Read more

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Months after giving birth is it possible to have a a retained placenta?

Months after giving birth is it possible to have a a retained placenta?

Probably Not: Assuming you have had resumption of normal periods, and your pregnancy test is negative. It was be very very very rare. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat retained placenta?

Is there a gentle way to treat retained placenta?

Probably not: The term "retained placenta" implies that the placenta has failed to detach spontaneously with the usual postpartum measures including uterine massage, IV pitocin, (oxytocin) and gentle umbilical cord traction. At that point manual removal of the placenta is indicated, and while performed carefully may not seem to be gentle. If manual removal is incomplete, surgical removal by curettage is usually next. ...Read more

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There bleeding symptoms from retained placenta?

Vaginal bleeding: Massive vagnal bleeding arising from the partial separation of the retained placenta is the primary symptom. ...Read more

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Could a retained placenta cause infection?

Could a retained placenta cause infection?

Sure.: Any retained non-viable tissue can be a nidus for infection and clotting. See your ob/gyn to address such an issue! ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more


Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more