What is the follow-up care for a dilation and curettage (D&C)?

You should be able to go home within a few hours after a D&C. Mild pain or light bleeding is normal for a few days. Within a few days, you should be able to resume most of your regular activities.

After a D&C, your next menstrual period may be early or late. Your doctor will advise you not to use tampons or have intercourse for a while after the procedure. Until your cervix returns to normal, you will be at higher risk of bacteria entering the vagina and causing infection.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/09/2014.


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  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Accessed 4/9/2014.
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Accessed 4/5/2014.

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