A D&C (dilatation and curettage) is a procedure that involves suctioning the uterine cavity to remove tissue. It is often done to treat an incomplete miscarriage. Following a D&C you may have bleeding from the uterus for a few days, cramping, and some back or pelvic pain. This is considered normal.


  1. Do not douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for 2 weeks or until your caregiver tells you that you are cleared by a medical professional.
  2. You may begin eating and drinking as soon as you feel up to it.
  3. You may go back to work or normal activities in 2 to 4 days.
  4. It is normal to have painful feelings of grief after a miscarriage. You may even cry or feel very sad. Talking with friends, family , or a counselor about your feelings is helpful. Don’t blame yourself for the miscarriage.

Please call your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following:

  • Severe pain that is not relived by medication.
  • A temperature more than 100.4 °F (38°C).
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (saturating 1 or 2 maxipads in 1 hour) that gets worse instead of better.
  • A vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant.
  • Signs of infection such as headache, muscle aches, dizziness, or general ill feeling.

Contact your doctor office if you have any concerns.