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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

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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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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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 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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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