Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Post Partum Vaginal Bleeding Treatment

Treatment for vaginal bleeding after delivery may include bed rest and medications to control bleeding. Treatment for severe vaginal bleeding after delivery includes blood transfusions and surgery.

Treatment for vaginal bleeding after delivery may include:

Post Partum Vaginal Bleeding D and C

In some cases, vaginal bleeding after delivery requires treatment with dilation and curettage or D and C.

Dilation and Curettage
A dilation and curettage (D and C) is a surgical procedure where the inner lining of the uterus is removed. Before this can be done the cervix needs to be dilated. This allows for the passage of special surgical instruments that are used to remove the endometrium. One of these instruments is called a curette. It is used to gently scrape away the endometrial lining, and bleeding tissue that may be left over from the pregnancy.

A sample of the material is sent to the laboratory for microscopic analysis. Recovery from a D and C is very rapid: you may have some vaginal bleeding and mild pain for about a day.

Risks of D and C include:

Post Partum Vaginal Bleeding Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat vaginal bleeding after delivery:

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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