Many patients choose to end their pregnancy with a short, simple in-clinic procedure, known as a uterine aspiration. This first-trimester abortion option removes the pregnancy with light suction from a handheld device. The entire appointment typically lasts less than four hours, and the vast majority is spent in the privacy of your own patient room where your partner, family members, or friends may be with you. We use multiple methods to reduce pain, including intravenous (IV) sedation at no additional fee.
When you arrive at the clinic, you will meet your Patient Care Guide who will be with you throughout your entire appointment. The PCG will describe the abortion process for you, and help you understand what to expect both during and after your procedure. You will also have as much time as you’d like to speak with our nurses and physicians to make sure all of your questions are answered. After a brief ultrasound, the physician will complete the abortion procedure. You may receive IV sedation medications for this procedure if you would like. Whether you opt for sedation or not, however, we use a combination of other methods to control pain including advanced local numbing techniques to decrease pain and cramping. The procedure, called a uterine aspiration, lasts only a couple of minutes. You may have light bleeding and cramping after the procedure for a couple of days, but you may resume normal activity the day of your procedure and return to your normal routine.
A clinic staff member will follow-up over the phone with you a few days after your first appointment to check-in, and you will have access to a 24/7 phone line to reach the physicians with any questions or concerns.
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