Patient Comments: Dilation and Curettage (D&C) - Treatments

Question:Why did your doctor order your D&C?

Comment from: LS455, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I am 34 and have been trying to conceive for three years now. I had hysteroscopy and D & C two weeks ago for possible endometrial hyperplasia. Although there was no hyperplasia, I still had to have the D & C to remove several small polyps. I also had laparoscopy to diagnose/treat stage 3 endometriosis. I can tell you, the recovery for both procedures was not bad at all. Together, the surgeries took about an hour and a half total.

Comment from: fedupgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I'm a 54 year old with heavy, prolonged periods. Upon intervaginal ultrasound, it was discovered I have .15mm thick uterus. D&C is scheduled for tomorrow and I'm freaking out! I am scared about pain, after effects, continual bleeding, etc. Ultimate destination is full hysterectomy because I want no part of being "a girl" anymore.

Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I'm a 52 year old female. I am a breast cancer survivor for 2 years, on 20 mg Tamoxifen daily. Went for my annual exam last week and as expected my gynecologist ordered an intra-vaginal ultrasound because a side effect of Tamoxifen is uterine cancer. The ultrasound yesterday shows that my uterine wall is thickened, so I am scheduled for a D&C on December 5, 2013. Assuming, since the gynecologist said it is not urgent, that she does not suspect cancer, but is simply being cautious. Like anyone undergoing a procedure for the first time, I am worried about pain. I have not had a period in 2 years, so not looking forward to the bleeding. I have not missed that at all.

Comment from: not a mommy yet, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had a D&C with suction after a miscarriage very early in the pregnancy. I was about 5 weeks along and there was no heartbeat. It was a very simple procedure for me with no side-effects. This was my first try at getting pregnant. I read all the horror stories about this and was relieved that my procedure was pain free and uneventful. I was asleep for the procedure and when I woke up I took one 600mg Motrin, ate some crackers, went to the bathroom and was sent home.

Comment from: Suburban girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

The reason I had a D&C is because of bleeding for over 30 days. My doctor noted I had fibroids but could not determine why I continued to bleed. She prescribed hormones to help control the bleeding. The hormones did not help and I continued to bleed. Next step was a D&C and I remember being seen by admitting nurse, next a nurse started my IV, the anesthesiologist came to explain what she was going to do and explained side effects, and asked if I was allergic to anything. My doctor came by and the next I was being wheeled into OR and I woke up in recovery. No pain afterwards, slight cramps a couple days later, bleeding slowed and eventually stopped.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: February 13

I had to have a d & c while suffering a miscarriage, as I was bleeding heavily and the placenta was still in place in my uterus after losing the baby. It was a terrible experience and I'm still traumatized by it over a year later. I'm currently working with a bio-energy doctor who believes that my current back pain is related to my body remembering the trauma it experienced a year ago. He also thinks that my uterus may have some scarring on it from the d & c. My husband and I have a healthy and happy 2 year old and are hoping for another child, so I'm trusting the universe to help heal both old physical and emotional scars. I hope this message helps others who may be experiencing something similar.

Comment from: FM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I am a 55 year old woman who had postmenopausal bleeding. My normal periods stopped in January 2010 when I was age 53. I am a nurse, the mother of five young adults, and am obese. I sought care when I had a few days of light to moderate bleeding in August 2011. I know that it is best to have a physician check out any postmenopausal bleeding, although quite often the cause is not life-threatening. My vaginal ultrasound showed thickening of the endometrium, so my doctor felt a D and C with hysteroscopy was the best next step to see what we're dealing with.

Comment from: Megara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had a diagnostic D&C along with a hysteroscopic fibroid removal about a week ago. The bleeding is so much worse than I imagined! Clots, cramps, the constant feeling of being unclean because I can't use tampons. The worst part is that it stops for a lengthy period of time and then returns in full force. Just when I think I'm done, more blood.

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