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Is it ok to go swimming after a D&C?
I am having a Dilation and Curettage on wednesday and am off to Corfu for a week on saturday!! Yes bad timing but couldnt be helped. Is it ok to go swimming....would have thought it was possible to pick up an infection very easily.
asked in medical, medicine, endometriosis

Messerwisser answers:

Just follow your doctor's recommendation.

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DragonsDen answers:

Ask your doctor when the procedure is carried out. I shouldn;t think its recommended though as it is normal to experience irregular bleeding in the days following a D&C.

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Aiming4777 answers:

Looks like its OK when the bleeding has stopped:

“Many women will notice mild cramping for a few days following D&C, as well as spotting or slight bleeding for up to a week. Your next period may be early or late. To prevent bacteria from entering the cervix following D&C, you should refrain from sexual intercourse, tampon use, and douches for at least a week but showering, bathing, or swimming is permitted as soon as you feel well enough”.

Source: http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/surgery/a/d_and_c_2.htm

“The opening of the uterus stays partially open for several days after the D&C. During this time, bacteria can enter and cause infection. It is important to take the following precautions: … Do not use a hot tub, bath, or swimming pool until the bleeding has stopped. Warm showers or sponge baths are okay”.


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jacquesdor answers:

Swimming in the sea / so long as it is fairly pure / is healthier and less likely to lead to infection than a swimming pool. You may be advised to have salt baths ..... sea ... salt ..... check with your Doctor to be absolutely sure.

Supplement from 05/26/2008 10:48pm:

One small point about your flight to Corfu ..... after the anaesthetic your system will be a bit fragile, so rotate your feet and clench the muscles in your legs during the flight, as often as you can. Rotating the feet helps the ankles and keeps the circulation going.It is easy to do on a plane, and really does help.
Best of luck.

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