Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a brief surgical procedure that involves dilating the cervix and scraping the uterine lining with a specialized instrument.

Understanding the process before, during, and after a D&C can help alleviate concerns and ensure a smoother experience.

Here’s what you should know:

Reasons For Dilation and Curettage

A D&C may be necessary for several reasons, including:

Miscarriage or Abortion: To remove uterine tissue during or after a miscarriage or abortion. This helps prevent infections and excessive bleeding.

Postpartum Placental Removal: To remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: To diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding A D&C can help identify and address issues like fibroids, polyps, hormonal imbalances, or uterine cancer. A sample of uterine tissue is examined under a microscope to detect any abnormal cells.

What To Expect During A D&C

A D&C can be performed in your doctor’s office, an outpatient clinic, or a hospital.

The procedure typically takes only 10 to 15 minutes, but your total time at the facility may be up to five hours.