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Miscarriage (D&C)

After your operation 

Ensure you can continue to rest quietly for the rest of the day.   You may experience some mild cramps and panadol may be taken to alleviate this.

Advice for the next 7 days or until the bleeding has settled completely (to help avoid infection)

  • Use pads instead of tampons
  • Avoid swimming or spa pools
  • Avoid sexual intercourse
  • An early sign of infection is a raised temperature.   We recommend that you take your temperature** twice a day for 7 days, when you wake in the morning and at night before retiring
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise
  • DO NOT DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE for 24 hours after your operation

Potential Complications after your Operation

Ring your referring Doctor or Family Planning Clinic, or Nurse Co-ordinator at Columba if you have;

  • A temperature** of 37.5 degrees or more for longer than 3 hours, or feel feverish
  • Severe cramps or constant pain in your abdomen
  • Heavy bleeding needing more than one change of pad per hour
  • Numerous blood clots larger than a 20 cent coin

Post Op Check

It is important that you return to your Doctor for a check up 2 – 4 weeks after your operation

There are three reasons why this is important:

  1. To have an opportunity for your Doctor to make sure you have made a full recovery.
  2. Discuss contraceptive options or advice regarding a future pregnancy.
  3. To discuss the findings at the time of your operation and any test results.