Impact of Timing of Surgical Management After Detection of Early Pregnancy Loss on Women’s Emotional Health study

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephanie Fisher

Primary Contact: Emma Branch, Research Assistant, WHRI, 604-875-2424 ext 4796, 

About the study: We want to explore how the timing of having a dilatation and curettage (D&C) procedure for a miscarriage impacts a women’s emotional well-being. Dilatation and curettage (D&C) is a minor surgical procedure in which the cervix is gently opened (dilation) and the pregnancy is removed with a suction device or small curette (curettage). D&C is performed to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage. This study is qualitative and exploratory. Women taking part in this study will be asked to participate in an interview. In addition, we will collect information about the D&C procedure and some demographic data.

Why is this research important? We hope that the findings in this study can be used to improve counseling for women who choose to undergo a D&C procedure for their early pregnancy loss (less than 12 weeks and 6 days).

Study status: Recruiting

Who can participate: We want to hear from women who had a D&C procedure within 36 hours of their visit to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic (EPAC) and from women who had a D&C procedure after 36 hours of their visit to EPAC.

Co-Investigators: Mariana Veiga, Caitlin Johnston, Dr. Stephanie Rhone, Edwina Houlihan.

Funded by: BC Women’s Hospital Nursing Research Grant