Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure that is done to
remove tissue from inside the uterus. During a D&C, the vagina is spread
open, and a scraping or suction instrument is passed through the cervix and
into the uterus to remove tissue from the lining of the uterus
A D&C may be done to:
A D&C is usually done in a hospital without requiring an
overnight stay. Pain medicine is given before the procedure. Many women
choose to have a general anesthetic that makes them unconscious during the
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.