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<p>Okay, I've had 3 D&Cs (actually, I think my most recent one was a D&E) and I feel really silly asking this question.  I always used to think they cleaned out the uterus during the procedure.</p>
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<p>I am bleeding so much, though, and lots and lots of clots are coming out.  Do they just take out the placenta and baby and leave the rest of the lining to shed on its own?</p>
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<p>I do remember bleeding last time like this, and I guess I wondered the same thing but never asked. </p>
 

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<p>I think d&c is an older term? the c is for curettage, which means to cut. the e is evacuation. So my thoughts are everything is removed and that is the most common way the procedure is done. I think some heavy bleeding is normal. As long as you aren't soaking a pad an hour, and no "foul" smell. You want to make sure you aren't retaining any tissue. I've had 2 d&c's and had pretty minimal bleeding with each, the cramping was a bit painful at times. I went back for a check-up, which was an ultrasound and it indicated everything was "empty". my bleeding had stopped by then and the check-up was about 1 month later.<span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="width:22px;height:15px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>I don't know, either, because I've also had 3 D&Cs and lots of bleeding each time, but the last one, I had already "delivered" the fetus and placenta (about 10 wks) and there was the same amount of blood. </p>
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<p>Curettage doesn't mean cut, though, it means to use a curet</p>
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<p><b>Curettage:</b> The removal of growths or other material from the wall of a cavity or other surface, as with a curet. A curet, or curette, is a spoon-shaped instrument with a sharp edge. The word "curette" comes from French and means a scraper. The verb "curer" means to scrape or clean.</p>
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<p>So maybe they just get the major tissue and clots out.</p>
 

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<p>I had a D&C at 14 wks (my baby died at 9 wks).  My doctor explained to me that her method of performing the procedure is to scrape just enough to remove all visible tissue and then stop to avoid Asherman's Syndrome.  As a result, I had heavy bleeding and passed more tissue and clots for about 3 days after the surgery.  The bleeding lasted about two weeks total, but tapered way down after the first few days.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you.  That makes a lot of sense. </p>
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<p>I'm on day 8 post D&C now and my bleeding is much lighter with no more tissue or clots. </p>
 

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<p>Isn't it funny that a lot of us know the name of the procedures done to us but don't really know what they consist of.....maybe that is part of the problem with healing,etc.</p>
<p>We need to ask more questions and be more open and trusting with the health care professionals.</p>
<p>It is our body nevertheless.</p>
 
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