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Im 35 with 2 beautiful kids. On 2/6/13, underwent a d&c (approx 8wks in-missed miscarriage). Bled on and off for 2 weeks. Approx 3 days after the bleeding stopped, AF came for 5 days. I'm now TTC, but am having mid cycle bleeding. So far I have bled for 3 days. I am at a loss. Can mid-cycle bleeding keep me from getting pregnant? Or is this just a sign of something else? Should I go see my obgyn?

Hello Alliant from the U.S. (California),

The bleeding you are having is abnormal and could prevent pregnancy.  Blood is toxic to an embryo.  It could also indicate that there might be some "retained" placental tissue that was missed at the D&C.  That would be my number one suspicion since you bled for so long after the D&C.  The bleeding should only have lasted a day or two.  I would advise that you see your gynecologist.  They need to evaluate for retained products of conception.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.


I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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