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Dilation And Curettage


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


Call 911 if:

  • You have signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, trouble breathing, or severe swelling.

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.

Contact your 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.


You may need any of the following:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • Antibiotics help fight or prevent a bacterial 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.


  • Use sanitary pads if needed. You may have light bleeding for up to 2 weeks. Do not use tampons. Use sanitary pads instead. This will help prevent a vaginal infection.
  • Rest as needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
  • Do not have sex for at least 1 week after the procedure. This will help prevent an infection.
  • Use birth control right after your procedure. Your monthly period should start again in 4 to 8 weeks. During this time, you could still ovulate (release an egg). Use birth control as directed to prevent pregnancy during this time.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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