A D&C (dilatation and curettage) is a procedure that involves scraping the uterine cavity to remove tissue. It is often done to remove retained pieces of placenta after delivery. 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 you have been cleared by your health care professional.
  2. You may go back to work or resume normal activities in 2 to 4 days.
  3. You may begin eating or drinking as soon as you feel up to it.
  4. Please call your doctor at if you notice any of the following:
    • Severe pain unrelieved by medication.
    • A temperature greater than 100.4 °F (38°C).
    • Heavy vaginal bleeding (saturating 1 or 2 maxi pads in 1 hour) that gets worse instead of better.
    • A vaginal discharge that smells foul and unpleasant.
    • Signs of infection such as headache, muscle aches, dizziness, or general ill feeling.
    • Your caregiver may prescribe medications to help with cramping, bleeding and the prevention of infection.

Contact your doctor office if you have any concerns.