Dilation and Curettage

Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated and a special instrument is used to scrape the uterine lining. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after a D&C may help ease your worries and make the process go more smoothly for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Reasons for Dilation and Curettage

You may need a D&C for one of several reason.

A D&C is done to:

Remove tissue in the uterus

during or after miscarriage or abortion or to remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth. This helps prevent infection or heavy bleeding.

Diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding.

A D&C may help diagnose or treat growths such as fibroids, polyps or endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, or uterine cancer. A sample of uterine tissue is viewed under a microscope to check for abnormal cells.

American Women’s Medical Center provides Dilation and Curettage.