D and C VS. D and E
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kathyadam - December 18

Hello,
I just had my 8 week ultrasound and found out that my baby's heartbeat had stopped just a few days before. My Dr. scheduled a D & E. I have always read it as D & C, is there a difference?

Also, typically how long will it take before I get my next period?

Thanks for your response!

 

B. Jacobs, M. D. - December 18

I am sorry to hear of your loss.

The "D", in either case, stands for dilation of the cevix. The "C" stands for curretage, which means to scrape the contents of the cavity out. The"E" stands for extraction of the products of conception. The latter term is generally used to describe the emptying of the uterus after the demise of a more advanced pregnancy.

After the pregnancy hormone, hCG, is cleared from your body, your own system should start working again to stimulate your ovaries. That interval is variable.

 

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