Dilation and curettage (D&C)
What is a D&C?
It is the slight widening of the opening of the uterus (cervix). Then a sample of some or all of the lining of the uterus is taken. This is done when you are not pregnant.
This helps your doctor diagnose:
- Hormone imbalances
- Fibroid tumors
Your care team dilates the cervix enough to place an instrument inside. It often takes less than 15 minutes. A hysteroscopy is often done along with a D&C.
After the D&C
Most people have very few effects. You may have some:
- Low abdominal cramping or low back pain
- These often get better quickly.
- Cramps on and off for a few days
- Take medicines as prescribed for this.
Most people have spotting or light bleeding for a few days. This should not be heavier than your normal period. Some people have no bleeding at all. The bleeding should slowly get darker or lighter in color, and then stop.
If you still have a period, it should start at its normal time or within 4 weeks. It may be lighter or heavier than normal.
Do not do any strenuous exercise, such as running, aerobics, or swimming for at least 2 or 3 days. Do not put anything into your vagina until for 2 weeks. This includes:
- Having sex
- Using a douche
- Using a tampon
This helps you have a safe recovery. It will lower your risk of infection or heavy bleeding.
The Obstetrics Gynecology Clinic at 319-356-2294 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For urgent questions or concerns
Call toll-free at 800-777-8442, 24 hours a day
Ask for the gynecology resident on call.
You may be asked some questions when using the toll-free number.