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

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

Comment from: Rani, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I started bleeding heavily and irregularly 5 months ago. I thought it might be perimenopause as I am 44 years old. I kept bleeding on and off, and had bouts of heavy bleeding with lots of clots. My ob/gyn ordered a transvaginal ultrasound from which an endometrial fibroid was diagnosed. I began feeling extremely tired and finally landed in the ER with a hemoglobin count of 6.9 and extremely low iron. I ended up in the hospital for one week, during which I received a blood transfusion (4 units) and iron intravenously. I did have a hysteroscopic myomectomy at which time the ob/gyn also performed a D&C to get samples of the endometrium and to help alleviate my heavy bleeding.

Comment from: suetbandit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

At 49 years of age, after not having a period for 9 months and thinking I was in menopause, I started bleeding extremely heavily. This went on for 7 weeks. After 2 trips to the E.R., a uterine biopsy (neg) and 2 ultrasounds showing my endometrial lining at 21 and 19, I had a D & C yesterday. The worst part for me is the sore throat from the anesthesia, but it feels like heaven to have the cramping and heavy bleeding gone! I love my doctor!!

Comment from: BrokenHearted, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I will have a DNC tomorrow because I miscarried at 6 weeks and my body isn't naturally taking care of it.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am 63 years old. I have gone through menopause. For about l0 years I have had scanty to regular periods with migraine headaches. Doctors became concerned a few wk ago. I had an ultra sound showing the lining of uterus at 15. Normal is about 5-6 - 2 biopsy taken came out clean as same with pap test. However obgyn doctor insists there is about a 25% chance I have cancer. Going tomorrow for D&C.

Comment from: Jomy , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

My doctor suggested D&C because I had continuous bleeding for more than 40 days after my second child. The ultra sound scan showed a bulky uterus and a thick endometriosis.

Comment from: Babypie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I received my d and c because my baby died at 6 1/2 weeks and my body wasn't expelling it naturally.

Comment from: triathelete, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am post-menopausal and experienced some bleeding. My doctor took tissue samples and ordered a sonogram. After the tissue was analyzed, my doctor prescribed an oral medication (progesterone) to promote shedding of the tissue. A subsequent sonogram indicated more thickening of the uterine tissue (9 centimeters) than my doctor expected, so my doctor decided to do the D and C rather than wait 3 months for the medication to run its course.

Comment from: shari, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

My doctor wants to do a D&C because of fibroids in my uterus. She wants to do three other procedures, diag laparo separate proc, hysteroscopy biopsy, and a hysteroscopy ablation. I have a cyst on my left ovary and a prolapsed bladder. I read about scraping and removing the uterine lining after this you can't get pregnant.

Comment from: tara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I have just recently had a D&C done because of very heavy bleeding for the past 2 years. I was so bad with clots that I had no energy. I later found out that I had polyps and they thought that was what was causing my bleeding. It was my first surgery and I was very nervous. Everything went well and all I have experienced is cramping just like having my period but no more blood clots.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I had a D&C procedure because I miscarried my baby. I was 7w5d when I had the procedure. I wasn't sedated; however, I was given Valium. The procedure was done in my OB/GYN's office and I went home after. I had painful cramps and back pain with some spotting for several days after the procedure. It was also extremely painful, so if you have the option to be sedated in an OR, that is the better option. I followed up with my PCP and discussed the D&C with her. She said, "Oh no. It hurts like hell. You should have requested sedation." Best of luck to anyone who has to endure this.

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