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Dilation And Curettage


Dilation and curettage (D and C) is a procedure to remove tissue from the lining of your uterus.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.

  • Antibiotics: This medicine will help fight or prevent an infection.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Ask your primary healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

  • You do not get your monthly period.

  • You feel depressed or anxious.

  • You feel very tired and weak.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding that soaks 1 pad in 1 hour for 2 hours in a row.

  • You have a fever and abdominal cramps.

  • Your pain does not get better, even after treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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