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Discharge Instructions for Dilation and Curettage (D and C)

Your doctor performed dilation and curettage (D&C). The reasons for having this procedure vary from person to person. The D&C may be performed to control heavy uterine bleeding, to find the cause of irregular bleeding, to perform an abortion, or to remove pregnancy tissue if you have had a miscarriage.

Home Care

  • Take it easy. Stay quiet and rest for 2 days.

  • Return to your normal activities after 48 hours. You may also return to work at that time.

  • Eat a normal diet.

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever for pain, if needed.

  • Remember, it’s OK to have bleeding for about a week after the procedure. The amount of bleeding should be similar to what you have during a normal period.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 1 week after the procedure.

  • Don’t drive for 24 hours after the procedure.

  • Don’t have sexual intercourse or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it’s safe to do so. This can be anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

Follow-Up

  • Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad in one hour

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Severe cramps

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38.0°C)

  • Chills

  • A foul smelling vaginal discharge

 

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