A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure that is done to remove tissue from inside the uterus. During a D&C, the vagina is spread open, and 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:
Remove tissue that remains after a woman has had a miscarriage.
Remove tissue that may be causing abnormal vaginal bleeding. The tissue can then be examined for any abnormalities.
End a pregnancy (abortion).
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.
Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC, FACOG - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology