Early Surgical Abortions
than 90% of all abortions are performed in the 1st trimester - up
through 12 weeks. This surgical procedure - called suction aspiration -
is 7 to 10 times safer than childbirth and takes less than 5 minutes to
complete. There are a variety of pain-management or anesthesia options
available depending upon your choice. First trimester abortion is
medically quite simple, carries a low risk for complication, and allows
you to resume most of your normal schedule within a day or two.
What to Expect - The Experience you Deserve
- When making your appointment you should feel comfortable with the person answering the phone.
medical appointments begin with paperwork - medical history,
information sheets and consent forms. If using health care to cover your
medical services, be sure to have your ID and health insurance
information with you.
tests will also be part of your day. You may have a pregnancy test,
anemia screening, and Rh type. Expect to give a urine and/or blood
- We also do an ultrasound for their early abortion patients, to accurately determine the gestational age of the pregnancy.
some private time with a staff person to review your medical history,
birth control plan, and other papers. This is also a time for you to ask
questions and raise any concerns you may have. We also spend some with
you to talk about your decision to have an abortion. Being clear and
resolved in this decision is what we hope for you.
abortion will take place in a sterile procedure room with the physician
and an assistant. If you are using (sleep) general anesthesia there
will also be a professional administering those medications.
- After the abortion you will have up to an hour to rest and recover.
you will be encouraged to schedule a follow-up visit within 1 to 2 to 3
weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to make certain you have healed
properly, to continue your birth control plan, and even get a pap test.
- You will be discharged with a prescription for antibiotics and or pain medication.
at the follow-up visit the procedure has completed you will be
discharged or referred back to your own physician to carry on your