Dilation and Curettage or Vacuum Curettage

Care After

These instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Do not drive for 24 hours.

  • Return to normal activities in 1 week.

  • Take your temperature 2 times a day for 4 days. Write it down. Tell your doctor if you have a fever.

  • Do not stand for a long time.

  • Do not lift, push, or pull anything over 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).

  • Limit stair climbing to once or twice a day.

  • Rest often.

  • Continue with your usual diet.

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

  • If you have dry, hard poop (constipation), you may:

  • Take a medicine to help you go poop (laxative) as told by your doctor.

  • Add fruit and bran to your diet.

  • Take showers, not baths, for as long as told by your doctor.

  • Do not swim or use a hot tub until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Have someone with you for 2 to 4 days after the procedure.

  • Do not douche, use tampons, or have sex (intercourse) until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin. It can cause bleeding.

  • Keep all doctor visits.


  • You start to bleed more than a regular period.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You feel dizzy or feel like passing out (fainting).

  • You pass out.

  • You have pain in the tops of your shoulders.

  • You have vaginal bleeding with or without clumps (clots) of blood.

  • You have cramps or pain not helped by medicine.

  • You have belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You have a bad smelling fluid coming from your vagina.

  • You get a rash.

  • You have problems with any medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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