What to expect the day of your surgical abortion
Choosing to have an abortion is a personal decision that takes a great deal of thought. Surgical abortions are most commonly performed 5 to 17 weeks after a woman’s missed period, and many women are not sure what to expect on the day of their procedure.
On the day of the surgery, you will make a trip to the clinic. This appointment will involve the verification of your pregnancy with an ultrasound as well as blood testing and a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. We do not require identification or any other documents in order to help you at our abortion clinic. While prepping for this minor outpatient surgery, a nurse will provide you will antibiotics and go over your medical history. Anxiety medication in the form of a mild sedative as well as pain medications will be given. Local anesthesia is injected into your uterus immediately prior to the abortion in order to alleviate the pain.
Typically, you will remain awake during a surgical abortion, and a vacuum aspiration will be used. The procedure takes about ten to fifteen minutes, and you will be observed at the clinic afterward for a few more minutes. Cramping and bleeding may occur, but it will be no worse than your regular period.
It is recommended that a friend or family member drive you home from surgery and that you rest for the remainder of the day and the next. Contraception can be taken immediately, but you should avoid sexual activity, baths, swimming and the use of tampons for the next four weeks. This will provide your body a chance to recover. A check-up appointment should be scheduled for a few weeks after your procedure to ensure the success of the abortion and a full recovery.
Talk to your doctor about any questions you may have and to learn more about the abortion procedure.