Dilation and Curettage (D&C) for Bleeding During Menopause
Why It Is Done
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is used to diagnose and treat bleeding problems. It is used to control sudden, heavy vaginal bleeding that is causing heavy blood loss (hypovolemia) or a low number of red blood cells (anemia). D&C is the quickest way to stop active bleeding in the uterus.
D&C is one method used to get a tissue sample for testing. For example, a Reference postmenopausal Opens New Window woman who has vaginal bleeding is usually tested for signs of Reference endometrial cancer Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 29, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology