Arizona dilation and curettage (D&C) is a brief surgical procedure during which the cervix is dilated and a special instrument is used to scrape the uterine lining. Knowing what to expect after a D&C may help ease your worries and make the process go more smoothly.
Here’s What You Need to Know to Care for Yourself at Home
Activity: Rest when you feel tired – getting enough sleep will help you recover.
Avoid strenuous activities such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, until your gynecologist says it is okay. Most women are able to return to work the day after the procedure.
You may experience some light vaginal bleeding following an Arizona dilation and curettage. Wear sanitary pads if needed. Do not douche or use tampons for 2 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay. Ask your doctor when it is okay for you to have sex. If you could become pregnant, talk about birth control with your doctor.
Diet: You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt. Drink plenty of fluids, unless your doctor tells you not to.
Medications: Your doctor will tell you if and when you can begin taking your current medications and provide information regarding any new ones. If you take blood thinners, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you if and when to start taking those medicines again.
Take pain medicines exactly as directed following an Arizona dilation and curettage. If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed. If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine. If you think your pain medicine is making you sick to your stomach, take your medicine after meals or ask your doctor for a different pain medicine.
If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems.
When should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care such as if you passed out or have chest pain, are short of breath, or cough up blood.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have bright red vaginal bleeding that soaks one or more pads in an hour, or you have large clots;
- You have vaginal discharge that increases in amount or smells bad;
- You are sick to your stomach or cannot drink fluids;
- You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine;
- You cannot pass stools or gas;
- You have symptoms of a blood clot in your leg such as:
- Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin;
- Redness and swelling in your leg.
- You have signs of infection, such as:
- Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness;
- Red streaks leading from the area;
- Pus draining from the area;
- A fever.
If you would like to know if an Arizona dilation and curettage can relieve any symptoms you are experiencing – or if you have had one and are experiencing any issues or have any concerns – please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.