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Will a D&C help with my spotting?

By Anonymous September 16, 2010 - 11:57am
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I have spotting in between my periods and I also have cramping/clots while on my period. My gyno has ruled out everything else and says a D&C is the next step. While I'm all for it, how will I know it will stop this annoying spotting that I have all month long? I am on the pill, and like I mentioned before, my gyno has ruled out fibroids, tumors, etc. with all the procedures he has already performed on me.

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Did you ever find out what was going on? Did it solve your problem?

September 19, 2012 - 4:25pm

Hi Anonymous,
I thought of you, and your curiosity about women's hormones when I saw this article. Check it out!
If you are unsure about the course your doctor is taking, don't be afraid to ask around to your girlfriends or family members and get an appointment with one of their trusted general practitioners or ob/gyn doctors. Many insurance companies welcome a second opinion before undergoing any kind of procedure. Be your own best advocate!

September 17, 2010 - 1:23pm
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As far as my doctor saying a D&C is the 'next step', he could have been referring to the next step in determining why I am spotting in the first place. It could just be my assumption that it will stop the spotting. I'm actually waiting on them to call me back, so that is a question I will ask them.

I'm 26 and have no children yet, so the endometrial ablation is out of the question in my mind since it decreases my chances of becoming pregnant.

He has changed my birth control pills several times, with no luck.

I could be totally wrong, but I think that the spotting is a result of me being on the Depo shot for 2 years. I came off of it because I didn't like the way it made me feel (bloated/full feeling all the time). Before the shot, I was on the pill with no problems at all. After the shot, when he put me back on the pill is when I started with the spotting. Maybe that's messed up my hormones? I've also mentioned to my doctor that the spotting is not random, which makes me think it's a hormone problem, but they don't think so.

I'll let you know what I hear from my doctor. More than anything, I'm just sick of this. It bothers me almost every day of the month, and it's affecting my sex life as well. I've dealt with it for 2 years, and if they continue to seem to make light of it, I'm going to another doctor.

September 16, 2010 - 2:21pm

This may be ignorant of me since you said your doctor has "covered everything," but has your doctor considered switching your birth control? Not all birth control is right for every person. Could it be possible that this one is not right for you? I have tried several before settling on one. For instance the Yaz pill caused a lot of breakthrough bleeding for me. I also didn't like the Loestrin24 for similar reasons in addition to it making me feel crazy "around that time of the month." OrthoTricyclen (or generic TriSprintec) was fine for me. Not saying those are right or wrong for you, simply wondering if that base has been covered.
Just throwing that out there to consider. Hormonal imbalance is also an interesting suggestion. There is a book called, "Women's Minds: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health" by Deborah Sichel and Jeanne W. Driscoll that was recommended to me. You may want to check it out.
Good luck and let us know what you find out.

September 16, 2010 - 1:35pm

A D&C is most commonly used to assess the reason for heavy bleeding or bleeding in-between periods. Can you call your doctor's office and make sure that the D&C is being used as a diagnostic tool and not as a treatment tool?

A D&C may be used to help stop heavy bleeding or bleeding in-between periods, but from my understanding, this is usually a short-term treatment. This is a great question to ask your doctor: what is the purpose of the D&C as the next step?

A procedure that is often used as a long-term treatment is called endometrial ablation, and you can read more about that here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/endometrial-ablation

Let us know what you find out from your doctor, and we are happy to talk with you more about your options.

Have you ruled out any hormonal imbalances as well?

September 16, 2010 - 12:50pm
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