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09/01/2009, 02:29 PM
In very early pregnancy miscarriage, is there a way to find out the sex of our little one? Will phatology centres do testing on request? How many weeks is the earliest possible?
D&C - do they do testing to find out sex? When is the earliest 'week' anyone has requested for a D&C?
And what to do with 'output' if it occurs naturally at home, for lack of an approriate word.
Please excuse all the jumbled questions.
Thank you very much in advance.
09/01/2009, 02:31 PM
i don't think it is routinely done.
If you miscarry at home, collect whatever tissue you can jsut so that they can see if most of it has come away properly...
You can have a d&c i guess anytime-usually in public system they will only do one if it doesn't happen naturally/retained products.
got this off google
If you are passing tissue at home, and it is your first miscarriage, it is not necessary to catch the tissue and take it in. You may do this if you choose, however, and you can store it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until you get to a doctor. However, it is rare that tissue caught this way will be usable. Tissue from first miscarriages is rarely tested, since it is assumed your miscarriage was due to a genetic defect. The best way to ensure testable tissue is to have a D&C.
Before my D&C when the nurse was explaining everything she said that they only test the baby for things that can make you sick- ie cancer but other than that they dont test further. I dont think you can request it unless there are other circumstances. I have struggled with not knowing what gender my baby was. I have decided I wanted to think of it as a girl as that is what i felt it was.
Hope you find your answers
ETA- I requested my D&C in a public hosptial. I had started to m/c naturally but didnt want to go through it at home. They told me they couldnt fit me in till the monday (i started to m/c on the wednesday) but i begged them so the fit me in on the Saturday. As far as I know its your personal choice whether you have one or not and you can def ask for it if you want it.
09/01/2009, 02:36 PM
I'm a theatre nurse, and unfortunately do many D&C's. All specimens from a D&C go to a normal pathology lab and are not tested for gender. In the case where a woman has had multiple miscarriages, they sometimes send the specimen (fresh, not with formaldehyde as usual) to a separate centre for chromosomal testing to try and work out the reason for the miscarriages. I assume the chromosomal testing is the only way to find out a gender at an early gestation.
16/01/2009, 04:02 PM
With my 3rd miscarriage, I had a D & C and because it was my 3rd, they did testing to check why I had miscarried and also asked whether we wanted testing to find out the sex of bub. We did, and our darling angel was a little girl.
Usually they won't do any testing until you have had 3+ miscarriages.
16/01/2009, 06:23 PM
We were told at 16wks (they werent able to view on my scan) gest that they may not be able to tell the sex if I chose a D&C so we decided to induce labour, when HE was born we could see but they still told us after the autopsy again and confirmed boy.
17/01/2009, 07:38 AM
Like jamtart, I used to be a theatre nurse and did (unfortunately) way too many D&C's for m/c. She is correct that the only pathology that is normally done is to check that the curettings are consistent with 'products of conception'. (Geez that's a horrible phrase, I hate using it. ) Chromosomal studies are the only thing that will tell you the gender of the mc/ baby. The only place I've seen chromosomal studies done was at a private hospital, with one particular obstetrician. He told me that the ladies paid extra for the testing but that he did it routinely when doing a D&C because he thought that he should do everything he could for them, for peace of mind. I've never seen chromosomal studies done for a public patient.
I'm sorry for your loss. I've had a m/c and an ectopic pg and it sucks. Wishing you gentle days.
20/01/2009, 10:17 AM
I have had two MC & D&C's and both were tested and I was told the sex of th baby and results of the tests. I was a private patient so I can only assume that this was at the initiative of my wonderful Ob. In other words it needs to be prearranged if it's what you want.
27/01/2009, 08:31 PM
I have had 4 m/c in the last 2 years and the last 2 were tested and there was chromosomal problems, but I wish I had the chance to know the sex of the baby!! I might ask my dr when I see her next time, I go to a public hospital @ royal women's and see the dr there who specialises in recurrent m/c and she is fantastic!!The extra chromosomes found in my 2 babies are not screened for thru IVF, so had I gone thru IVF i still would've m/c.......
May '06-5w6d, July '06-5w6d, Jan '08-5w6d, Dec '08-5w6d
I've had 2 D and C's, the first was at 9 weeks and my obs told me he wouldnt be able to find out the sex (i didnt want to know anyway).
the 2nd was a termination due to problems with a degey gene i carry that had been passed on to the baby, that was at 13.5 weeks and i was told the sex by 'accident' (i didnt want to know.
28/01/2009, 10:59 AM
Sorry to Hijack, Freckles is that the same case for an ectopic? Do they automatically send it to pathology for testing? I had one back in 2006 and never thought to ask for any results. Would it be written in my hospital file?
28/01/2009, 11:05 AM
I had a D&C at 9 weeks in a private hospital. I requested that the 'products of conception' were sent to a pathology centre for testing.
I think the results took about 4 weeks (much longer than I was initially advised). Wasn't given a sex at the time although we did find out that the reason for the miscarriage was a chromosomal abnormality. (triploidy).
I snuck a look in my file a few months later and saw that the sex was noted in the pathology report.
As far as I understand, not all embryos can be tested for the sex - it depends on what sort of condition it's in when it's removed (sorry for TMI).
There is also a relatively substantial cost associated with the testing- I think from memory it was about $300 but luckily the pathology centre accidently bulk billed us!
28/01/2009, 12:44 PM
MotherClucker - Yes, there would be a record in your files. All it will say is that the speciman is a fallopian tube (assuming you lost the tube as well) and products of conception. There wouldn't be any further details. HTH.
Back in 2006 I had a miscarriage which I had removed via D&C at 8 weeks. As I had a few pregnancy failures before this I requested genetic testing be done.
The results that came back showed it to be a genetically normal little girl. To be completely honest, it felt like I lost her all over again, knowing what it was. I cried more the day I got the results than I did when the miscarriage was confirmed. It was hard and I am grateful that I did not have this done with other losses (though only one actually needed a D&C, the rest were quite early and natural).
The doctor did not tell me the gender, I asked for a copy of the results (something I do with all tests, for my own records) and read it myself.
I was a public patient when I had this done and I requested the D&C specifically for the purpose of testing even though I probably would have lost that one naturally once I stopped my pessaries.
It can be done, but really think about it before you do. Knowing what it was makes it so much more real, and so much more painful.
Good luck with your decision.
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