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sex/spotting/subchorionic hemorrhage/short cervix LONG :)

Phew!  Well, I was wondering if anyone can help me out.  DH and I had sex Saturday night and immediately after I started spotting.  I didn't call the doctor right away because I thought it was pretty normal.  Sunday I still had some slight spotting so I called the doctor and she said it's probably just from the cervix being so vascular and that it can happen during pregnancy but to abstain from intercourse until futher notice.  She also wanted me to call her if the spotting continued into the next day, which it did.  She examined me and wasn't concerned since the blood looked old (brown) but she did want me to get my ultrasound sooner than 20 weeks.

Doctor called back today with the u/s results.  It showed a subchorionic hemorrhage and she thinks that is why I was spotting.  I am wondering if any of you have dealt with SCH before?  I've read that no one knows the cause of SCH, but why would I have bleeding only after sex if SCH isn't caused by sex?  Also, I wasn't told to avoid any activity.  She doesn't seem concerned about it and said it can just go away on its own, so I shouldn't be worried, right?  I was a little concerned since I'm not in the first trimester anymore and I've read that that's when they are most likely to occur.

Doc also said my cervix is 3.2 cm and they like to see it more at about 3.5 cm.  I didn't know that could make a difference, but now that I know it does I wonder what can cause that?  She didn't elaborate too much on that.  Or maybe she did but I was too preoccupied with the word "hemorrhage" that I don't remember anything else.

I am to follow up in about 3.5 weeks and then get the anatomy scan.

Any info you have to offer is greatly appreciated!  TIA!

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  • I had a SCH at 9 weeks exactly. It was the same as you. Had sex, started spotting, spotting continued... but mine turned into a huge gush of blood down my legs. Out to the emergency room we went. The babies were fine and they diagnosed me with SCH. I didn't have to change any of my activity at all. I brown spotted for about a week or week and a half until it finally went away. As you can tell... all is good!
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  • I had a SCH when I was pg with DS. DH and I abstained from sex for a while and then around 12 weeks on xmas eve we decided to go for it. The next morning, xmas day, I was in the shower and clots were literally dropping out of me. I don't know why that happened but I had an u/s a few days later and the SCH was gone.

    Word of advice: Google is not your friend! Just heed your doc's advice, abstain from sex and try to take it easy. GL! 

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  • I don't have an SCH, but I'm carrying twins, and had my cervix measured Monday and today.  Monday it was 3.5, which they said was fine, but today it was 3.2  She said that is still fine... anything above 3 is ideal, and she said it's a vascular muscle that can really change size from moment to moment.  Good luck!



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    Word of advice: Google is not your friend! Just heed your doc's advice, abstain from sex and try to take it easy. GL! 


    Haha this is so true in SO many cases!
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  • Yeah, I'm totally guilty of googling EVERYTHING.  Also, I wonder if I'll be able to have sex ever again?!  LOL!  Does pelvic rest mean the vag is completely off limits?  I honestly don't know and I have not googled that.  ;)
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  • My doctor found an SCH at 6 weeks. Well, 2 of them actually. At 10 weeks I only had one, but my doctor put me on pelvic rest at that appointment. We assumed that meant no sex, but that everything else was fine :) (I didn't ask either, I probably should have but I was too scared about my SCH to even think about it) My SCH is finally gone, but I know how completely terrifying it is. I read that 90% of them are gone by 20 weeks, so I'm sure yours will be too! I hope the next 3 1/2 weeks go fast and you find that your SCH is gone! Good luck!
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  • I did have blood clots a few days after sex. I just found out yesterday that I have a low lying placenta. Md says that could be the reason for the bleeding after sex. I never knew that sex could cause blood clots. So they told me to abstain until the placenta moves up. Well hopefully it moves up and not down.
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    Yeah, I'm totally guilty of googling EVERYTHING.  Also, I wonder if I'll be able to have sex ever again?!  LOL!  Does pelvic rest mean the vag is completely off limits?  I honestly don't know and I have not googled that.  ;)

    According to my dr, yes.  I'm on plevic rest and she said that included no sex, nothing in the vag, no orgasms, etc..... not very much fun if you ask me!

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    I had a SCH at about 8.5 weeks.  I was told pelvic rest until at least 2nd tri and after NT scan.  I was also told no lifting over 15 lbs and take it easy.  As for pelvic rest, that does mean nothing can enter the vag.  At my NT scan yesterday the SCH was gone!  Good luck!  And definitely stay away from Dr. Google!
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    imagegen2009:
    Yeah, I'm totally guilty of googling EVERYTHING.  Also, I wonder if I'll be able to have sex ever again?!  LOL!  Does pelvic rest mean the vag is completely off limits?  I honestly don't know and I have not googled that.  ;)

    According to my dr, yes.  I'm on plevic rest and she said that included no sex, nothing in the vag, no orgasms, etc..... not very much fun if you ask me!

    wai waiii wai waiiiiiwai waiiit wait!  no orgasms?  nothing?!  oops.

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  • imagegen2009:
    imageztalady18:

    imagegen2009:
    Yeah, I'm totally guilty of googling EVERYTHING.  Also, I wonder if I'll be able to have sex ever again?!  LOL!  Does pelvic rest mean the vag is completely off limits?  I honestly don't know and I have not googled that.  ;)

    According to my dr, yes.  I'm on plevic rest and she said that included no sex, nothing in the vag, no orgasms, etc..... not very much fun if you ask me!

    wai waiii wai waiiiiiwai waiiit wait!  no orgasms?  nothing?!  oops.

    Oops really??? I have been on pelvic rest the whole pregnancy but I didn't know about the whole no orgasm thing!!!

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    imagegen2009:
    imageztalady18:

    imagegen2009:
    Yeah, I'm totally guilty of googling EVERYTHING.  Also, I wonder if I'll be able to have sex ever again?!  LOL!  Does pelvic rest mean the vag is completely off limits?  I honestly don't know and I have not googled that.  ;)

    According to my dr, yes.  I'm on plevic rest and she said that included no sex, nothing in the vag, no orgasms, etc..... not very much fun if you ask me!

    wai waiii wai waiiiiiwai waiiit wait!  no orgasms?  nothing?!  oops.

    Oops really??? I have been on pelvic rest the whole pregnancy but I didn't know about the whole no orgasm thing!!!

    Yup. Very very sadly pelvic rest means nothing in the vag AND no orgasms -- they cause uterine contractions, which are no big deal if everything is fine, but bad if you have an SCH. 

    I have an SCH that was identified at 8.5 weeks when I had a couple big gushes of bright red blood and passed a large clot. My bleeding was not initiated by sex, but anything inserted vaginally or that causes orgasms can loosen things up and lead to your SCH bleeding out a bit.

    Some docs feel that it's not necessarily bad for it to bleed out and disappear that way, but my doc is of the "get it to reabsorb instead" school of thought and put me on pelvic rest and light duty (no lifting, minimal exercise).

    My SCH still hasn't resolved and the no orgasms bit is getting old fast. MH thinks it's funny but it's really not funny at all. Just torturous.

    Good luck, I hope it goes away quickly for you! As a PP said, most do by 20 weeks.

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  • At 6 weeks we had sex and literally 1 hour later I started bleeding heavily. I was later diagnosed with a SCH as well. My doctor asked me as well if we had had sex but didn't say anything else about it. I'm not sure if that is what caused it but what I can tell you is that I am 15 weeks and I bled 4 times where I filled up a pad for three weeks and now everything is ok the baby is ok and the SCH is almost gone completely. Just take it is and definitely don't have sex until they clear you. Just my advice from my experience. Hope everything turns out ok
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