Although most women miscarry at home and their bodies expel the fetus, sometimes an incomplete or missed miscarriage occurs and a D&C may be necessary.

D&C (where the D stands for dilatation and the C stands for curettage) is a procedure that is used to remove remaining tissue from the uterus.  In an incomplete or missed miscarriage there is tissue left behind in the uterus.  D&C uses dilation to open the cervix and an instrument called a curette is used to scrape and clean out the uterus.

It is important to remove this tissue from the uterus, or you may end up with an infection.  Normally D&C is done under general anesthetic.  Your doctor may perform an ultrasound to determine if you need to have this procedure done.

Will I need a D&C after my miscarriage?