Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a short surgical procedure that involves removing tissue from the inside of your uterus (womb). Health care professionals perform D&C for various reasons, including diagnosing and treating certain uterine conditions.

Here are some key points about D&C:

  1. Purpose of D&C:

    • Diagnostic: D&C can help diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding.
    • Therapeutic: It can also be used as a treatment option for specific conditions.
  2. Indications for D&C:

    • Heavy Bleeding: If you experience heavy or unexplained bleeding, D&C may be recommended to evaluate the uterine lining.
    • Post-Miscarriage or Abortion: After a miscarriage or abortion, D&C can clear any remaining tissue from the uterus.
    • Placental Tissue Retention: If placental tissue remains in the womb after childbirth, D&C may be necessary.
  3. Preparation and Recovery:

    • Before the procedure, your doctor will provide instructions on how to prepare.
    • D&C is typically performed under anesthesia.
    • Recovery time varies, but most women can resume normal activities within a few days.
Remember to consult with your health care provider for personalized advice and recommendations based on your specific situation. If you’re experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, seek medical attention promptly to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options.