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16 Jun 2004

Placenta not detaching
Dear gynae

I had several complications during the birth of my daughter in London. When my waters broke there was micodium in my waters, so I was induced. After the birth my placenta would not detach so I had to have a manual placenta removal. I lost 2.5 litres of blood during the delivery. After 6 weeks my lochia had still not stopped, so I went back for a scan to check that all my placenta had been removed. It had not, so I had a D&C. During the D&C my uterus was punctured and I lost a further 1.5 litres of blood. I was tested for praveria acreta, but the results were negative. The doctor said that I could still have had the condition, as the test was not 100% conclusive.

If I have another child what are my chances of having the same problems?
Is there any possibility that the 3 month injection could have caused this problem? (I had not had a period for about 6 years and when I stopped the injection it took almost a year for my periods to return)
Can I lose blood as severely during a ceaserean? (I recently cut my finger and battled to stop the bleeding for half an hour. The emergency doctor who stiched my finger said that the medicine she sprayed on my cut should have stopped the bleeding as it was what they use in surgery and that my bleeding so profusly was not normal. She sent me for an anemia and blood clotting test. Both came back negative. My own doctor said there were no other blood tests he would recommend)

Thanks for your advice.

Answer 632 views

01 Jan 0001

Unfortunately, there is a substantial risk of recurrent placental problems if this has occurred once. This would not have been related to the injectable.
If you had clotting tests and these were normal, then it is unlikely that you have a bleeding problem. The bleeding from the placenta is from a different mechanism.

Best wishes
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