Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue
from the inside of the uterus. It may be done to find out if the tissue is not
normal, to stop severe bleeding, or to treat a miscarriage.
the procedure, your doctor may give you medicine to make you sleep or feel
relaxed. He or she also will give you medicine to help with pain.
Your doctor will use a device called a speculum to spread apart the walls
of your vagina. He or she will use a special tool, called a dilator, to open
the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of your uterus that opens into your
vagina. Then the doctor will use a curved tool, called a curette, to gently
scrape tissue from the uterus. The curette may be hollow and attached to a
vacuum to help suck out the tissue.
The procedure usually takes 15
to 30 minutes. Most women go home the same day.
Having a D&C
usually does not prevent a woman from getting pregnant in the future.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
procedure can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect and how to safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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