Main Article on Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Question: What was the reason for your D&C? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Peach, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16 I just had a D and C for abnormal uterine bleeding. I had extreme heavy periods, spotting, and abnormal discharge. I was given general anesthesia. The doctor also performed a hysteroscopy and discovered polyps. It's been 10 hours post operation and I'm doing great. I have very minimal spotting, very light cramping, and I don't even feel like I need to take anything for pain. Pain scale is 2 out of 10. Just very tired from the anesthesia and taking it easy for the day. Doctor will send samples off and hopefully results are okay. Comment from: momof4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29 I had a D and C, and hysteroscopy for heavy periods. No anesthesia, just a paracervical block. I can't understand the reviews saying it was so awful. Maybe it is because I've given birth in the past, but it was no big deal. Uncomfortable, but definitely glad I opted out of anesthesia. It’s been a few hours and I feel fine. Don't listen to scary reviews and if you don't want to be all drugged up, its fine with just the paracervical block. I feel completely normal and can continue on my day. Comment from: Gem, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 04 At my 1st ultrasound at 11 weeks I found out I had a blighted ovum. I had yet to start bleeding, so I elected to have the D and C done. Comment from: rpatterson, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 I went in for my twelve week appointment to learn that my baby stopped developing at 8 weeks 6 days and no longer had a heartbeat. My miscarriage began naturally but I had some complications due to an abnormal uterus (septate); this made it hard for my uterus to contract and release the tissue. A D and C had to be performed. It made it a lot easier on my body and heart. Comment from: Crisela, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 Incomplete miscarriage was the reason for my D and C. Comment from: ridhima , 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 21 I had a D and C 6 days back and today I just went for an ultrasound to verify if everything is alright. After the ultrasound, hopefully everything was ok and clear, but in the scan it shows uterus is bulky. An ill-defined homogenously hyperechoic area with increased vascularity seen in left upper lateral part of the uterus along the cavity. I don’t know what it means and if there is any risk. Comment from: angela _1616, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: October 15 I had one period after menopause and I do still have fibroid. I'm scared to have D and C and wanted views about it from other women. Comment from: Elizabeth , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 I had a D and C for a miscarriage at 9 weeks. Baby stopped growing at 8 weeks. After a strong heartbeat at 6, 7 and 8 weeks we were so crushed. This was an IVF pregnancy. Comment from: Mandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08 Postmenopausal bleeding was the reason for my D and C. Obstetrician wanted to do hysteroscopy with D and C to remove 2 polyps and do biopsy on the polyps, plus my uterine lining was 11.4 which is larger than it should be (but may be caused by the polyps). The endometrial biopsy done before this did not have sufficient amount to test either so she could get a good sample when completing the D and C with hysteroscopy to check for endometrial cancer. Comment from: Anon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 Discovered a blighted ovum pregnancy at 11 weeks. Only gestational sac but no fetus. So I had D and C against waiting for my body to expel the contents, as I had already started bleeding heavily and cramping strong. I was put under so I didn’t feel anything during, and when it was done, very light bleeding for less than 6 hours and no cramps anymore. Very emotional and relieving. Comment from: Honey, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 29 I am having light spotting still. My husband and I are supposed to go on a camping vacation next weekend at a lake. My follow up couldn't be scheduled until after our vacation, because my doctor is going on vacation. Will the sky fall in if we have sex before I see her! I am really disappointed about this situation. QUESTION Negative emotions are more powerful than positive emotions. See Answer Comment from: Cry_stal77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I had an intrauterine device (IUD) for 10 years after my 2 kids. I took it out trying to get pregnant but my cycle was off. I was spotting all the time and sex would trigger more bleeding. I went to my doctor to regulate my cycle. An ultrasound was done and the lining of my uterus was too thick. They gave me birth control pills. This started the heaviest period I’ve ever experienced. I was hemorrhaging daily. My blood count went to 5, I had two blood transfusions in one month, and I was so weak. Finally yesterday I had a D and C. Still no cause. Comment from: Teasha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 Recently I had a still birth of twins, delivered the placenta naturally, and seven weeks later I was still bleeding heavily. The ultrasound found that there was still placenta parts inside my uterus, so I had dilation and curettage (D and C) done, and five days later the bleeding finally stopped. Horrible having to deal with the trauma of the same hospital twice in such a short span of time but glad my body is finally getting back to normal. Have hope and be strong. Comment from: cokaVT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19 As a post-menopausal female, I thought I was done menstruating. I woke up one morning to abnormal vaginal bleeding. Something other than a period was causing it. I had an ultrasound and a biopsy taken in which doctor suspected uterine polyps. It also showed my uterus lining thicker than normal which required a D and C. I had the hysteroscopy, the polypectomy, and the D and C all done in hospital under general anesthesia. Comment from: bluemuffin, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04 Complete molar pregnancy was the reason for my D and C. I took multiple positive pregnancy tests, and then had what I thought was a miscarriage. An ultrasound revealed my uterus was filled with placental tissue, cysts, and fluid. There was never a fetus. It was a 1/1000 pregnancies. Comment from: Landa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 My baby didn't have a heartbeat after 9 weeks, so I had to have a D and C. Comment from: Jo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 I was 8.5 weeks pregnant when I was advised of a miscarriage. D and C was required to remove the fetus. This is my second miscarriage. Our first loss was at 9 weeks and I miscarried at home naturally. The D and C was a lot easier on my mental health compared to the long process of our first loss. Comment from: kiraxo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 16 Miscarriage was the reason for my D and C. Comment from: Mamaof3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I was measuring at 12 weeks pregnant and started having some streaks of blood. Then one day I had a small rush of fluid which scared me. So I set up an ultrasound appointment with my obstetrician the next day. The scan confirmed my fears. The baby had no heartbeat and in fact stopped growing at 9 weeks and I had to have a D and C. It was a difficult emotional time for my husband and me. Comment from: Madhu, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I got pregnant despite having an intrauterine device (IUD), Copper-T. Now I am 6 or 7weeks pregnant. So the doctors preferred to do D and C and hysteroscopy. It was done yesterday. Now I am alright. Comment from: ChrissyBozz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06 After two years of progressively heavier periods, I was given a vaginal ultrasound that detected two fibroids. Two days ago had a hysteroscopy and D and C, and waiting on results. Comment from: Outdone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11 I was having a period at the age of 62. He removed a polyp with the D and C but the doctor said it could come back. Comment from: Lorena, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25 I had heavy bleeding during menses period lasting 2 weeks for 5 years so I had D and C. SLIDESHOW Pelvic Pain: What's Causing Your Pelvic Pain? See Slideshow Comment from: Trisha, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 24 Baby had no heart beat at 9 weeks so I had to have a D and C. Comment from: Kaykay, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 24 My reason is for a D and C was that I had a rare pregnancy called a molar pregnancy, a complete molar pregnancy. I had no other choice but to have a D and C. It was a very emotional experience. Comment from: Mang133, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19 My obstetrician/gynecologist wants me to have a D and C, and a hysteroscopy. I am very nervous about this procedure. She said that I have uterine polyps and they are breaking apart. She said she wants to make sure they aren't cancerous. Comment from: Sk, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08 I am 46 and recently had spotting between periods and heavier than normal periods too. All my lab and Pap results came normal so the doctors recommended diagnostic testing. I am writing this because I was scheduled for D and C and hysteroscopy after my doctor could not perform an endometrial biopsy. He said it is common that we cannot get through if the woman had no vaginal childbirth. In my case, I had a C-section 21 years ago. I was truly very anxious and afraid especially after reading many posts. I freaked out to be very honest, but I am very happy to report that it is nothing to be afraid of. I got it out of the way yesterday and in the evening my husband and I watched a movie. Today I am just taking it easy and working from home. Mild cramping but just one Advil every 6 hours is enough. Also I am drinking plenty of warm water, prune juice, and watermelon. Taking short walks too. I am perfectly ok and you will be too. Comment from: AmandaSaphie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 24 Well, I am 22 years old. I have never been pregnant. I was on birth control for 4 years and I have been clean from birth control for about 7 months now. I went to get an ultra sound for an IUD (intrauterine device) placement and they discovered I needed a D and C. I am getting the procedure done tomorrow. My doctor told me normally those who don't want children will have it burnt off, but since I am young and that I might want kids one day, they will scrape off the uterine walls instead. Comment from: Maggy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 29 I went through IVF (in vitro fertilization) and got pregnant. I went for an ultrasound at 7 weeks and there was a heartbeat. At 9 weeks I went for another ultrasound and there was no longer a heartbeat. It was such a sad feeling. I decided to have a D and C instead of miscarrying on my own at home. Comment from: dalovely1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 01 The reason that I had to have a D and C done was because of prolonged bleeding. I had been reporting it to my doctor for about a few weeks and there was nothing being resolved. I knew I was not pregnant because I had my tubes tied after my son was born 3 years ago. It started out like a normal cycle but after the required time for my cycle to go off it didn't. I would bleed from one month to the next, go off and stay off for about 2 or 3 days and back on again. My primary doctor referred me to an obstetrician and I had an endometrial biopsy done. The results came back that I had endometrial polyps on my uterine lining. I was then scheduled for a D and C and a hysteroscopy to be done. Comment from: dhigu, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 21 I was 12 Weeks pregnant and went in for my first ultrasound when I was given the bad news. I was really excited for it was our first baby. I was told by the obstetrician/gynecologist that I was most likely going to miscarry during the night and to go to a hospital they designated. Well, things got really bad. I lost a lot of blood and by the time I got to the hospital for my appointment I was almost unconscious. It turns out I had a vaginal hemorrhage and had to have a D and C immediately. There was a lot of tissue from the baby still in my uterus that caused the hemorrhage according to the doctors. It was a really scary experience since I am fairly young and it was my first pregnancy. Comment from: Riya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16 I had my D and C with hysteroscopy yesterday. I had been bleeding heavily since about 50 days and lost a lot of blood. I was not able to carry out my routine work and was excessively tired all the time. My gynecologist examined me in the OPD (outpatient department) where she did a TVS (transvaginal) ultrasound which showed thick endometrial lining. She also took a Pap smear. She suggested a D and C with Mirena insertion, which I underwent yesterday. I am waiting with crossed fingers for the biopsy reports. Comment from: Tashi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16 Blood in urine was the reason for my D and C. Comment from: Mesha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 30 I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks and so had to have a D and C. Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: November 08 I was about 7 weeks pregnant when my D and C was done. I had been seeing my doctor once a week since I was 4 weeks pregnant because I was asked to go for follow up ultrasounds after my baby measured small for the fetal age and also because they were unable to detect a heartbeat. After two weeks of the baby growing only a minimal amount and then not growing at all before my last ultrasound, my doctor called and said it is likely I would have a miscarriage. Although he did not want my husband or myself to give up hope just yet. But, by week 7, I had started bleeding (not a severe amount but enough to know something was very wrong). Less than a day later, my doctor had me in the office for another ultrasound and an internal exam to see what was going on and he told me that the miscarriage began on it's own. He then asked me if I would be ok with doing a D and C because he was worried about me not expelling all of the uterine contents and it causing problems later. I went in for the D and C immediately after since my ob's office is in our local hospital. Comment from: alicianicole83, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 09 I was almost 9 weeks pregnant and the baby died at 6 weeks and had no heartbeat. I tried taking the pill to expel the baby which that part worked but my body did not expel everything. I have chosen to do the D & C due to the pills not completely working. I wanted to avoid surgery but all the pain I went through with the pills was insane and I am just ready for my body to go back to normal. Comment from: Dianna, Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I went for my first ultrasound at 9 weeks, but the baby had only developed to about 6.5 weeks, but still with a heartbeat. My doctor had me have some extra follow-up ultrasounds, which showed that the baby did not grow anymore, and in the last ultrasound there was no heartbeat anymore. I did not have any bleeding. I had a D&C (suction) in my GYN's office, with local numbing of the cervix, a pill inserted to soften the cervix, + a muscle relaxant and general painkiller. The procedure itself took only a couple of minutes, but for me both the dilation and the suction were very painful, so thankfully it only took less than a minute. If I had to do this again, I would probably be put under. Only slight cramping and bleeding after. It seems to be different from person to person, many don't find it painful, but for me it was. Comment from: Anya, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I just had a D&C done today for bad menstrual cycles, hemorrhage and debilitating cramping. All I got before the procedure was an ibuprofen. It was the most painful, traumatizing procedure of my life! I've had four Cesarean births if that tells you anything. I'd rather have four more C-sections before I ever have a D&C again. My body was convulsing during the procedure and for 20 minutes after. Comment from: ms tootsie roll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 I had spotting over a long period of time and heavy bleeding. Comment from: Abbey.b, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 10 I had a D & C because I had heavy bleeding with blood clots. This was about 6 months ago. I still have blood clots. Comment from: KL, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 13 I just had D&C due to nonstop, heavy bleeding. My GYN found and removed polyps from my uterus. I was feeling fine immediately, but started to have stomach cramps on the second day. Comment from: Sim, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 I had D & C due to a polyp in my uterus. Comment from: Tasha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01 I had theD&Cprocedure done on this past Monday. It was done because I had an overextended period, and was passing large clots of blood. I have to go back for my follow-up on this Monday, but I'm scared of what the outcome may be. Comment from: wvgirl80, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04 I had my D&C after finding I had a problem which caused me to start bleeding uncontrollably. I lost 1/3 of my blood volume in a short amount of time, causing me to go into shock. After arriving at the hospital, I immediately got a pap smear, which showed polyps actually protruding from my cervix. After the D&C, the doctor explained that the polyps were bursting inside my uterus and causing the massive blood loss. A few weeks later, tests results showed that I was in the first stages of endometrial cancer. Comment from: MelCor, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14 During my seventh week, I went to my doctor for my first ultrasound. She said there was no heartbeat and the and the fetus was not growing properly, so I was immediately scheduled for a D&C. Comment from: Zaby1979, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 Last year I went through a miscarriage. I tried to go through it without the D&C. It was awful. I would never want to go through that again. This time when I miscarried, I was about 7 weeks when they did the sonogram there was no heartbeat. We went ahead and set up for the D&C. It is still an emotional experience but wasnt as painful. Comment from: Ad1227, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 21 The reason I had a D&C was due to a rare and not common pregnancy which I'd known as a molar pregnancy. Comment from: Lindam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10 I am scheduled to have a D & C in two weeks. I am 62 years old and I have had some irregular bleeding for a couple of weeks on and off. My doctor found a cyst in my uterus. I am very nervous. I’ve never had a surgical procedure before. Doctor is very informative and staff is very kind and helpful, but I’m still nervous. Comment from: [email protected], 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20 The reason for my dilation and curettage (D&C) was due to thickening of my uterine wall. Comment from: Jbizee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 21 At 11 weeks, the fetus was very small and the heart stopped. I just needed to end it as soon as possible for my own sanity. My D&C was done 2 days later. It helped me grieve with some type of finality. Comment from: karenvandi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 Started having heavy periods when in the past they have been very light. The doctor said she was unable to determine whether or not I had endometrial cancer and needed the hysteroscopy and D and C to check further. I have already had a biopsy, but it was inconclusive with precancerous cells. I am a bit nervous, but hope to get this over with and find out one way or the other. Comment from: babydoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08 My procedure was due to heavy bleeding and cyst. I had the procedure a week ago; and still have heavy stomach cramps without taking moltrin. I am very concerned; I should be up and about by now. I had my tubes tied 13 years ago; but I do have cyst and fibroids.