Menstrual Glossary A to Z

Dilation and Curettage

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) is a medical (minor surgical) procedure wherein the cervix is dilated (opened) and the contents of the uterus are removed. Removal is performed with a curette, a long-handled instrument with a metal loop at the end. Some use the term 'D&C' to refer to the more common vacuum aspiration (suction curettage).

D&C is used in cases of early miscarriage or other pregnancy termination, usually only within the first trimester. D&C may also be performed to resolve abnormal uterine bleeding or excess endometrial lining.

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