TTC After a Loss

TTCAL Newb Questions

As a newb, I browsed the TTCAL blog and the polls available, but I did have a few specific questions.  My apologies in advance if you have been asked these same ones a million times.  My search on TB was to no avail.

1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

TIA ladies.

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BFP #1: June 7, 2012 -- EDD 2/15/13 -- MMC 8/13/12 (stopped growing at 11w) -- D&C 8/17/12

BFP #2: November 10, 2012 -- EDD 7/22/13 -- Hudson Reid

Re: TTCAL Newb Questions

  • First off, I am so sorry for your loss. I recognize you from the February board.

    Now to answer your questions as best I can:

    1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    I bled for a week. This was not heavy bleeding at all. I really wouldn't have even needed a pad but I was paranoid about having a gush.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I just started temping this morning 2.5 weeks post D&C. We are TTA until AF comes one time, but I needed to get back in the habit of temping. I won't start using OPKs until next cycle because I don't want to waste them.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    I can't answer this yet, because I haven't had a post m/c AF. I am coming up on three weeks so I hope she comes soon!

     

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  • 1. I did not have a D&C. My m/c was induced by cytotec. I bled for 3ish weeks, then spotted for another whole week after that. Also, after the spotting stopped, I had two random days of bright red spotting and then nothing.

    2. I have never used OPKs, but I started temping right about when I stopped bleeding just to get into the groove of it and to see if I could get a pattern going. My first 10 days of temping, the temps were REALLY crazy up and down. Since then, they have been quite steady, between 97.0 and 97.3.

    3. I'm only about 6 weeks out from my m/c, and I haven't gotten my first AF yet.

    I hope this helps you. In my experience, I was really worried about comparing myself to the experiences of others at first. After a while, I decided that the stress of comparing myself wasn't good for my mind or my body, so I'm trying to just take it easy and let my body do what it needs to do. ((big hugs)) as you go through this process. It's really tough. 

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  • 1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C? Off and on for 4 weeks, right up to first AF.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK? The day after my d&c.  I it took 2 cycles for me to start ovulating again.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer? About the same as before.  My ovulation day has been pushed back a day or two.  They are longer now, but that is due to progesterone supps. every 2ww.


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    1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    I had a natural m/c and I bled for two weeks after finally passing the sac.  I had bled for 2 1/2 days prior to passing the sac and then 2 weeks after.   I then had my first post m/c period almost 2 weeks after the post m/c bleeding stopped (about 4.5 weeks after the start of the m/c) 

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I resumed temping on CD1, the first day of my real period post m/c (about 4.5 weeks after m/c started).  I am not using OPKs this cycle, but will next cycle. I'm taking one cycle off from them. With that said, I am charting and using fertility friend to watch for an ovulation

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    I'm only on my first (or is it second?) cycle after my m/c.  I've had one real post m/c period and am currently on CD14.  My first post m/c period came "on schedule" at exactly 28 days after my m/c started.  I'm curious to see where this next AF will show up, if it will be in the two weeks or so.  I'm hoping that my body will stay on track since it seems to be so far. Fingers crossed.  With that said, I didn't ovulate regularly in the past, so who knows what will happen now.

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  • 1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post Damp;C? AF came 5 weeks after the DE. It was a normal AF actually it was lighter t, and they all have been since before lossthat's like 8 now I think.
    2. How long after Damp;C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK? I Wish I had temped that cycle after. The 2nd cycle out threw me for a loop and I didn't ovulate until cd 37 or so. It was incredibly stressful onto of being depressed. It was a horrid period of time, and had I known what my body was doing or not doing I probably would have handled it better.
    3. How were your cycles after all of this?nbsp; Did they occur around the same time as they used to?nbsp; Were they shorter or longer? No, they've been inconsistent and all slightly longer . My cycles went like 35 days, then 50, then 35ish, etc... I've only had on cycle where I ovulated close to cd14 since, where as I used to always been regular. But I've had 2 addition al losses since so that just seems to throw my body back out of whack
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  • As a newb, I browsed the TTCAL blog and the polls available, but I did have a few specific questions.  My apologies in advance if you have been asked these same ones a million times.  My search on TB was to no avail.

    Just wanted you to know it's awesome that you're reading the blog and checking out the info there--thank you for doing that! 

    1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    I only bled for 1 day (red) and 1 additional day (brown). In actual fact, that wasn't a good thing--I think it may have even been an early sign of some of my cervical scarring. With that being said, though, less bleeding can also be normal! Now, post-hysteroscopy (very similar procedure), I had 2-3 days of red and now am on my second/third day of brown.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I started getting in the habit about 6-8 weeks after my D&C--largely because AF hadn't showed and I wanted a handle on what was going on.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    Again--not trying to make you worry. I've always had long, irregular cycles, but my cycles since the m/c have ranged from 56-125 days (used to range from 45-60 days). My RE has now just put me on BCP to regulate in preparation for our injects/IUI in the fall.

    Please, please, don't let my responses worry you! I only give them so you can see the range--but also know that I was a unique situation both due to my history of irregular cycles (even though I'm not PCOS) and my scarring. As a PP said, your body is yours--don't get stuck in the world of comparisons.


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  • Below are the answers to your questions, specifically how they relate to my experience...

    1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C? I bled pretty heavily the day of and still steady, but lighter the second day.  The 3rd and 4th day were a little spotty and then I was done.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK? We decided not to chart for a few months, but if I had, I would have resumed as soon as my 1st AF came.  We used OPK's starting after the 1st cycle.  We were told to TTA for 1 cycle so we didn't use them from the D&C until the 1st AF.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this? Did they occur around the same time as they used to? Were they shorter or longer? My 1st cycle came 27 days after the D&C (my normal cycle length before the D&C).  It was lighter than before but still had cramps and back pain.  My second cycle was very short, only 20 days and came with more flow and a lot of pain (which after a visit to the ER turned out to be an ovarian cyst).  My 3rd cycle was 26 days and was very similar in pain and blood flow to my pre-pregnancy AF, but no more pain from the cyst which was good since the Dr was hoping my body would absorb it.

    Hope this helps and good luck to you...just try to remember, everyone's experience is going to be a little different!

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  • I didn't answer the first one since I didn't have a D&C. 

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I started temping the day I got home from the hospital. It helped me figure out that I O'ed three weeks post-loss and AF came two weeks after that. I didn't start using OPKs until this last cycle, but if you aren't wanting to use condoms to TTA, then you would need to start them this cycle. (I'd probably start at around two to two and a half weeks post-loss.)

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    My cycles have been fairly regular, with one short one thrown in there for fun. I will say that the first two or three were the heaviest bleeding I've ever had and that includes the post-delivery bleeding I had.

    It can take up to six months for your cycles to settle down into a recognizable pattern and even then, that "normal" may be completely different than what you had before. 

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  • 1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    I bled pretty heavily for 4-5 days, then light spotting for a couple of days and then back to heavy for another 3 or 4 days and then back to light spotting. Altogether I pretty much bled for 2 weeks.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK? I was told to TTA until after my first AF. Our first cycle after my first AF we didn't tempt or use OPKs, then my second cycle we used OPK's. I'm now on my third cycle and I just bought a Clearblue fertility monitor so we'll see how that goes. Still not tempting, I just don't think it will work for me since I have a pretty irregular sleep pattern.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this? Did they occur around the same time as they used to? Were they shorter or longer? My cycles pre miscarriage were 29-30 days. My first AF after my d&c came in 32 days, my second AF came after 29 and my last cycle came after 27 which is my shortest cycle ever. I also now have experienced mid cycle red blood spotting and brown spotting for 2 days before my AF arrives. I never ever had spotting before my miscarriage.

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    1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    Light bleeding for about 1 week. 

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I didn't do it prior, and am starting now 4 unsuccessful cycles later. 

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    Mine have been like 28-day clockwork, until this month when AF decided to visit 2 days early.

    But, like you said, it does vary for everyone. Hope that helps a little... 

    TIA ladies.

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  • 1. I know it varies for everyone, but how long did you bleed post D&C?

    About 5-7 days.  Day 1 and 2 were MUCH heavier than typical AF, but then very light the rest of the days.

    2. How long after D&C or M/C did you resume temping and OPK?

    I started temping on day 1.  I didn't start using the OPK until my 2nd cycle.  Seemed like a waste of money to use it on the 1st since we couldn't try anyways.

    3. How were your cycles after all of this?  Did they occur around the same time as they used to?  Were they shorter or longer?

    Mine have been a few days longer.  Cycles are longer, ovulate later, etc.  

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