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
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
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
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology