He helped us weigh the risks and benefits of the D&C and the fetal chromosome analysis. He said that he would put us on the operating room waiting list this weekend for the procedure if we wanted. He told us though that he wanted us to know about some of the things he was thinking about.
A few of the key things he told us:
- In all likelihood, we would be at the bottom of the OR wait list, because practically every other case would trump ours in terms of urgency. A long weekend approaching doesn't help our situation much either. He said there was nothing he could realistically do to change our place on the waiting list. For example, if a child came in with a burst appendix, they (of course) would go before my case.
- 50% of miscarriages in his opinion happen with genetically normal fetuses. He said doctors really just don't know always what causes miscarriage. (I'm not sure of what CCRM would say on this... have any of you heard anything from your doctors on this?)
- He didn't feel confident that we would be able to capture the fetal tissue that we needed for the sample. If the fetus stopped growing at 6 weeks, 3 days, and that was three weeks ago, there is probably not a lot of tissue left that would be suitable for the testing.
- He said he didn't think that the results of the chromosomal testing would substantially change our next step. Are we going to put in more of the embryos that we have regardless of the result? Yes. Would it mean our remaining embryos are more or less likely to be normal or abnormal? This would not help give us more reliable information.
- We asked what if it was a genetically normal result? He reiterated that 50% of miscarriages might be chromosomally normal.
- The risks of complications with a D&C are 1-2%. He explained the procedure and what can go wrong.
- He explained that he looks at things as risk/reward. Overall he thought the risks were small, but the benefit of gaining any useful information would also be small.
- He explained why my first experience with Misoprostal might have been so bad:
- It was a twin pregnancy and therefore there was twice the tissue.
- I may have taken it orally (I can't remember), and this could cause more gastrointestinal upset (this was a huge problem - I couldn't keep my painkillers down). That if I take it vaginally it could be easier on my system.
- That the first time a person's body has contractions for miscarriage (or labour), it is harder for the person's body to adjust to them. The second time it may be easier for my body to do what it needs to do.
- I could take the painkillers differently (especially earlier than I did the last time).
We are going to wait a little while, then try the misoprostal again and hope for the best.