Dilation and Curettage or Vacuum Curettage

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Do not drive for 24 hours.

  • Wait 1 week before returning to strenuous activities.

  • Take your temperature 2 times a day for 4 days and write it down. Provide these temperatures to your caregiver if you develop a fever.

  • Avoid long periods of standing, and do no heavy lifting (more than 10 pounds or 4.5 kg), pushing, or pulling.

  • Limit stair climbing to once or twice a day.

  • Take rest periods often.

  • You may resume your usual diet.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.

  • You should return to your usual bowel function. If constipation should occur, you may:

  • Take a mild laxative with permission from your caregiver.

  • Add fruit and bran to your diet.

  • Drink more fluids.

  • Take showers instead of baths until your caregiver gives you permission to take baths.

  • Do not go swimming or use a hot tub until your caregiver gives you permission.

  • Try to have someone with you or available to you the first 24 to 48 hours, especially if you had a general anesthetic.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have intercourse until after your follow-up appointment, or when your caregiver approves.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not take aspirin. It can cause bleeding.

  • If a prescription was given, follow your caregiver's directions.

  • Keep all your follow-up appointments recommended by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increasing cramps or pain not relieved with medicine.

  • You have abdominal pain which does not seem to be related to the same area of earlier cramping and pain.

  • You have bad smelling vaginal discharge.

  • You have a rash.

  • You have problems with any medicine.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You feel dizzy or feel like fainting.

  • You pass out.

  • You have pain in your shoulder strap area.

  • You have heavy vaginal bleeding with or without blood clots.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.