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Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure that is done to remove tissue from inside the uterus. During a D&C, the cervix is opened gently. Then a scraping or suction instrument is passed through the cervix and into the uterus to remove tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium).

A D&C may be done to:

  • Get a tissue sample for testing.
  • Remove tissue that may be causing abnormal vaginal bleeding. The tissue can then be examined for any abnormalities.

A D&C is usually done in a hospital without requiring an overnight stay. Pain medicine is given before the procedure. Many women choose to have a general anesthetic that makes them unconscious during the procedure.

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