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What side effects are common with a dilation and curettage, or D&C?

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After a D&C, there are possible side effects and risks. Common side effects include:

  • Cramping.
  • Spotting or light bleeding.

Complications such as a damaged cervix and perforated uterus or bowel are rare. But be sure to contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms after a D&C:

  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding or blood clots.
  • Fever.
  • Pain.
  • Abdominal tenderness.
  • Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina.

In very rare cases, scar tissue (adhesions) may form inside the uterus. Called Asherman's syndrome, this may cause infertility and changes in menstrual flow. Surgery can repair this problem, so be sure to report any menstrual flow changes after a D&C.

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