The more I read about D &C, the more I get confused and curious.
After having been trying to conceive for 3.5 years, I felt that July became my lucky month (also my birth month) when in the third IUI attempt (1st with injectibles, previous ones were with clomid) I got the very first HCG reading of 147. Needless to say I was ecstatic, and looking forward to welcoming multiple kids (since I started with such high HCG just 2wpo). Within three days the numbers more than doubled to 475. I was scheduled for first U/s on 8/6 however, I started bleeding the night before. The U/s showed nothing but a blood clot and I was put on bed rest. My HCG now was 6768. Bleeding (bright red) stopped after 12 hours and spotting also ended the same day. I returned to RN for 2nd U/s on 8/9 and the same thing happened …no gestational sac yet, just the blood clot while the HCG stood at 19442 now. Progesterone levels were above 40 since the beginning. On 8/14 during my third u/s I asked the RN specifically that I needed answers. She could still not see a sac and because I persuaded to know what was happening and why wouldn’t there be a sac even at 20,000 HCG ( the last reading, it was around 39000 on 8/14) so I was re-checked by the doctor who concluded that it was an abnormal pregnancy, might be molar and recommended D&C. I was shocked and wanted to proceed with natural M/C but my husband decided to go ahead on the spot. He didn’t want my body to suffer for a child which was not there. I had D&C on 8/16 and to my dismay the U/S before the surgery showed that I was probably pregnant with twins (just what I had wanted!), the normal sac collapsed much before and the abnormal kept the HCG levels going up. Essentially there was no blood clot, it was the abnormal sac now, I am desperately waiting for the diagnostic results and hoping it wasn’t molar. My levels have not gone down very much in last one week they stood at 28000 this Friday (8/23). This seems to be a slow fall.
- I would like to know if someone has come across any graphs that show normal rate of fall of HCG after D&C. Any ways to lower it faster?
- How many of us have had D & C with pathological results not showing any apparent reason why the pregnancy failed? How soon did the doctor permit to start to TTC in those cases.
Any other piece of information you may wish to share from your experience is more than welcome.
Appreciate your time & advice.