Dilation and Curettage (D&C)


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Comment from: Doctorsrliars , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

If they give you a choice, do not ever choose a D and C. I have had two natural miscarriages and one D and C. I would say the D and C was 800 times more painful, it lasted longer, the cramping more intense and I still can’t use the arm they put the IV in. The doctors lied to me and said the D and C would be easier but I think they meant for them. Also be aware it will cost as much as giving birth does but you don’t get a baby.

Comment from: mom of4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I was terrified going into this based on stories I read and it wasn't a big deal. I had a hysteroscopy and D and C with no anesthesia. I had a paracervical block. That was my choice as I didn't want the risks of anesthesia. It wasn't bad at all. And I feel fine afterwards and went about my day. So glad I wasn't put under. And my fears were unfounded. They removed a polyp too.

Comment from: Just a woman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had a D and C and felt fine the next day with no spotting after day 2. I felt like I needed to connect with my husband and we had sex on day 2. Now it is a week later and I was feeling some sharp little pains in my lower abdomen yesterday. Today there was some brownish pinkish discharge in the bottom of the toilet and when I wiped.

Comment from: HPMaples, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had a D and C on 4/30 and started bleeding four days later. I’m going on week 4 and I’m still spotting. I wonder if this is normal.

Comment from: Katy-Kris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had D and C and camera exam 3 days ago. I had just been listed as in menopause when another light period occurred, and then no more. I had no symptoms. I had one done 4 years ago, when 1 polyp removed, but none this time. I am still bleeding and cramping a little, but more so. Concerned a little. Maybe should have rested today, and not worked.

Comment from: Gems, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 08

I have a thick uterus. Dried blood showed up on ultrasound, but none came out. And my uterus is irritated. I put myself om a diet. And lost 60 lb. Nice, yes. I have too much cells on my uterus it says, now what! I am worried if they will they will do D and C scrape my womb if its irritated. I know they will clip flesh from there, but wonder if my gynecologist will give me an antibiotic.

Comment from: Vero, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had a D and C a week ago and never experienced bleeding, today marks the 5th day. I had intercourse with protection and was wondering after 2 weeks if I can try, because you can ovulate before even getting your periods.

Comment from: Mandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had D and C done 3 days ago. Very minimal cramps 2 days after and a lot of gas. Today I still have a lot of gas, no cramps, but have felt a bit off and tired. No bleeding the day after the procedure but bled on day 2 and today (day 3), but not a lot. It was a pretty painless procedure overall since I was under general anesthesia during it. Now I’m just waiting for my biopsy results!

Comment from: JoGee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had a D and C after a miscarriage, the fetus wouldn't fully expel from my body on its own. The procedure went well and I didn't have much pain. I had light bleeding the day of the D and C and after that didn't bleed for 6 weeks. I've now been bleeding going on two weeks, not sure if this is normal or not, because typically my periods were only 3 to 4 days. I also had a Depo-Provera shot after the D and C so maybe this is a result from that shot.

Comment from: Jo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had the D and C 6 days ago. I felt some mild cramping after the misoprostol was taken. The procedure was quick and when I woke up I had no pain, and some vaginal bleeding which is normal. I was sent home after 1 hour in recovery. The painkillers they give during the surgery last for 24 hours so no need to take anything when you get home. I used a warm wheat bag and Nurofen to ease the cramping the next few days and had a lot of rest. Just remember to listen to your body and not to push yourself physically.


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Comment from: Zed, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had D and C yesterday. I bled some after waking from anesthesia. Today I am staying at home. I am feeling good, no pain, maybe slight discomfort, and some spotting still. I started antibiotics and everything seems to be fine so far.

Comment from: JulieNC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had a D and C with hysteroscopy a week ago. I had been in what I thought was menopause starting when I was 48 in 2011, and didn't have a period for almost 2 years. In December 2014, I suddenly had a very heavy period with clots and it lasted two weeks. I called my doctor, who said it wasn't unusual to not have a period for so long and then suddenly have one, especially given the high level of stress I had been under. From that time until January 2016, I had off and on periods that were irregular, then I had no bleeding until June 6, 2016, when I had a period that just would not quit. I contacted my doctor again after I had been bleeding for about five weeks with only a day or two here and there not bleeding. She sent me to a gynecologist in their practice, and the gynecologist did an endometrial biopsy as well as a pelvic ultrasound. The biopsy did not indicate cancer, but the ultrasound showed at least one polyp. The gynecologist put me on a ten-day course of Provera to help stop the bleeding after the endometrial biopsy, and the bleeding stopped by the end of the Provera. However, two days after I stopped taking it, I had extremely heavy bleeding with clots that would not stop. She gave me another round of Provera and scheduled me for a D and C with hysteroscopy two weeks later. I had the procedure done under general anesthesia one week ago, and I'm still bleeding but not heavily. She called me to let me know I had a 3 cm polyp removed and that all of the tests indicated everything was benign. I've had a lot of cramping and bleeding. I go back to see her in a week, and I hope to be able to take oral contraceptives or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to get the bleeding under control.

Comment from: pooja, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I got my D and C one month back. But I was normal after 1 hour and was discharged immediately. The doctor gave me painkiller and antibiotics for 5 days. After 5 days I am feeling lots of tiredness and pain in my whole body. I feel pain several times in my left thigh inside. I am not able to do my day to day work. I feel exhausted very soon, specifically if I have to do physical work.

Comment from: Tonia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

Wondering if it is normal for me to bleed heavily 3 days after having a D and C.

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

It has been a month since I had my D and C and I still have a light discharge all day. I am not sure if this is normal because it’s becoming very uncomfortable.

Comment from: erica, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had my D and C yesterday and today I don't feel very good and have high blood pressure. I don't know if I should go to the emergency room or just wait and see if it gets any better.


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