A DILATION AND CURETTAGE (D&C) IS THE REMOVAL OF EXCESS TISSUE CONTAINED IN YOUR UTERUS.
Gynecologists use this procedure to effectively treat polyps and heavy menstrual bleeding. If the uterus cannot shed the lining itself medical complications may occur.
You will receive twilight medication before the procedure begins. It will put you into a light state of sleep and eliminate all of the pain and discomfort during the procedure.
You may be prescribed a medication designed to slowly dilate your cervix hours before your procedure. Curettes, instruments similar to a spoon, are used to remove the contents of the uterus.
Upon completion of the procedure nurses will take you to the recovery room for observation until the anesthesia wears off. You may feel some cramping and soreness in your pelvic area for a day or two after the procedure. Some spotting or bleeding afterward is also normal. You will need to immediately report back to the hospital if you notice heavy bleeding or extreme pain.
After the procedure it's important to refrain from using tampons or having sex for the prescribed amount of time. Since all of the accumulated endometrial lining is removed during the D&C procedure your next period will be a lot lighter than normal. Your menstrual flow should return to normal after that. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure or its side effects.
This procedure can be performed in the office or at the hospital.