Discharge Instructions for Dilation and Curettage (D and C)

Discharge Instructions for Dilation and Curettage (D and C)

May 31, 2018

Discharge Instructions for Dilation and Curettage (D and C)

You had a dilation and curettage (D&C). The reasons for having this procedure vary from person to person. The D&C may be done 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. Rest for 2 days as needed.

  • Return to your normal activities after 24 to 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 drive for 24 hours after the procedure unless specifically told by your provider that it is OK to do so.

  • Don’t have sex or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it’s safe to do so.


  • Make a follow-up appointment, or as directed.

When to call your doctor

Call your doctor right away 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)

  • A foul smelling vaginal discharge


May 31, 2018


Dilation and curettage, Up To Date, Hoffman, BL. Williams Gynecology (2012); 2nd ed; Chptr. 41

Reviewed By:  

Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP,Sacks, Daniel, MD, FACOG