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Dilation and Curettage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about dilation and curettage (D&C)?

D&C is a procedure to remove tissue from the lining of your uterus.

Female Reproductive System

How do I prepare for a D&C?

What will happen during a D&C?

What should I expect after a D&C?

You will be taken to a recovery room so healthcare providers can watch for heavy bleeding or other problems. You may be able to go home a few hours after your D&C. Have someone drive you home. You may have cramps and spotting or light bleeding for a few days. If you had general anesthesia, have someone stay with you for 24 hours. This is to make sure you do not have a reaction to the anesthesia. It may take a few months for your monthly period to start or become regular.

What are the risks of a D&C?

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