D&C stands for “dilatation and curettage”, a procedure in which your doctor dilates or opens the cervix and scrapes the lining of the uterus. A D&C is often performed in cases of heavy, abnormal uterine bleeding, only for diagnostic and not for therapeutic purposes.
A D&C is often performed after ahysteroscopy where the doctor uses a hysteroscope to inspect the uterine cavity for visible growths and abnormalities. A pathologist examines cells from the uterine lining under a microscope to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding, such as polyps, fibroids, hyperplasia, cancer or precancer.
A D&C may provide temporary relief from heavy bleeding.