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A D&C procedure – also known as a dilation and curettage procedure – is done to remove tissue from your uterus. This is often done after a miscarriage if the pregnancy was far enough along that the body could not do it on its own. This is usually longer than 8 weeks.

What is it?

The procedure is done by your doctor or at the hospital. The doctor will use small instruments to open your cervix and use a curette instrument to remove the uterine tissue. These are sharp or could require suction. Therefore, patients often get anesthesia.

You can also get a D&C procedure done if you experience abnormal uterine bleeding, bleeding after menopause, or if you have abnormal endometrial cells in a test for cervical cancer.

Does it hurt?

The procedure can be painful, which is why it’s common for people to have a numbing injection or anesthesia. After the anesthetic wears off, you may experience cramping or pain.


After your procedure, you may experience cramping. Even though the procedure may only take 10 to 15 minutes, but you can stay in the hospital for up to five hours after the procedure depending on how it goes.

It is recommended that you have someone to take you home from the procedure. It is possible that you need a day or two to recover. Plus, don’t underestimate the time that you may need to mentally recover from a D&C procedure. A loss is a loss and should be addressed. While some people can move on from a miscarriage if it is early enough, others are just as devastated by a loss just a few days after a positive pregnancy test.

If you’ve ever had a D&C procedure and want to share your experiences, please do so below to help other women who are currently dealing with a miscarriage.

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