Curettage – the most common questions and answers

We answer the most important questions for curettage - when the procedure is necessary as it expires and what to look for it.


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The curettage of the uterus is an operational routine procedure in which the upper layer of the lining of the uterus is removed in the uterine cavity and the cervix. Depending on which instrument used, the doctor, the operation is referred to as curettage or curettage. 

When is a curettage necessary?

• After a miscarriage: In order to minimize the risk of infection after a miscarriage, a curettage is performed in some cases when the embryo or the placenta are not fully disposed of.

• Diagnosis: The removed in curettage tissue samples are examined histological. Thus hormonal disorders, benign polyps of the uterus, fibroids but also malignant changes of the endometrium (uterine cancer / endometrial cancer) can be identified.

• Abortion: Immediately after an abortion is carried out curettage in many cases to ensure that the embryo and placenta were completely removed. This method is called suction curettage.

As a curettage procedure?

The curettage is usually done under a short general anesthetic and takes only about five to 15 minutes. After dilating the cervix, the doctor removes with a sharp (curettage) or a blunt spoon (curettage), the upper layer of the endometrium. This can then be examined at the following curettage. In most cases, you need a curettage not stationary hospital, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis in a gynecological surgery or clinic.

Ablation of the endometrium is normal for the rest of the body, because the mucosal wird.Grundsätzlich repelled naturally every month in the form of menstrual bleeding is a curettage a short, uneventful safe procedure, but it may be that you then tired due to the anesthesia feel and exhausted. Very rarely, the uterus is injured, these injuries heal mostly without difficulty.

What should be considered after a curettage?

Minor bleeding after curettage are completely normal and no cause for concern. but will have fever, severe pain and excessive bleeding on, you should see your gynecologist to make clarify the complaints.

As the cervix is ​​slightly opened, there is after the curettage increased risk of infection by ascending in the uterus germs. You should therefore abandon the first three weeks of sauna and swimming pool visits and tampons.
Period and pregnancy after curettage

Normally you get your next period in a second room of four to eight weeks after curettage. But even without menstruation you can get pregnant! So after a curettage it is consistently avoid if you was long no pregnancy planen.Nach of miscarriage and subsequent curettage that the women concerned should wait three months before the next attempt. This view is outdated, the risk of a renewed miscarriage is not increased in the first three months. * Nevertheless, you should give some time to your body and the soul, before you take the desire to have children again in attack. It makes sense, it may be to wait until after the first normal menstrual period.

(* After long-term study by the University of Aberdeen)

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