Suction Curettage (Therapeutic Dilation & Curettage, D&C)

Suction curettage is a procedure to remove the lining and contents of the womb (uterus). It may be done to stop bleeding, control pain, and prevent infection after a miscarriage, abortion, or childbirth. It may also be done to remove a molar pregnancy. This is when tumors grow in the womb instead of or in addition to a fetus.

After the procedure, you should be able to return to your normal routine in 1 or 2 days. But you may have some cramping and light bleeding. This is normal. These problems should go away within 5 to 7 days. You can expect to have your next period within 4 to 6 weeks.

Home care

  • If you have pain or cramping, use pain medicine as directed.

  • If you have light bleeding, use pads instead of tampons. Change these as often as needed.

  • Don't douche, use tampons, or have sex until your healthcare provider says it’s OK.

  • Take showers instead of baths for 1 to 2 weeks.

Follow-up care

Follow-up with your healthcare provider as directed.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Heavy bleeding

  • Bleeding that lasts longer than 1 week

  • Pain or cramping worsens instead of getting better

  • Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina

  • Passage of anything that resembles tissue from the vagina. If possible, save the tissue and bring it to the healthcare provider.

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

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