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Asherman’s Syndrome: The Secret Syndrome Leaving Women Infertile
Asherman’s syndrome – where scarring in the womb after surgery such as D&C (dilation and curettage) -- can cause missed periods, miscarriages and infertility if left untreated.
More than 60,000 D&Cs are carried out in the UK every year. The procedure is used to clear the womb after a miscarriage, childbirth or termination.
While the exact number of Asherman’s sufferers is not known, it’s estimated that 5% of D&Cs cause the condition – that’s about 3,000 new cases a year.
But doctors often fail to mention the risks involved – or check for Asherman’s following a high-risk procedure. “No one ever warned me about it and now it’s too late,” says Sophie, 37. “It’s treatable in the early stages, but it took two years for me to get a diagnosis.” Read more.