An in-clinic abortion procedure is performed starting at five weeks from the first day of your last period and up until the last day of the thirteenth week.
Your procedure will begin with a preliminary pelvic exam and test for Chlamydia. The doctor will then inject a local anesthetic to numb the cervix, dilate the cervix using manual dilators, and perform the vacuum aspiration procedure (usually lasting about a minute or two).
In the recovery room you will rest, review aftercare instructions and receive medications that will help prevent infection. You will also be given a prescription for a pain medication to use at home, if needed.
Women’s Health offers a choice of pain medication for in-clinic abortion procedures:
Women’s Health offers oral medications to manage pain and help you relax during the procedure. With oral pain medication, you may eat and drink lightly before your appointment. We recommend that you bring along a snack for after the procedure.
IV Conscious Sedation is available for an extra cost of $40. It is very important that you not get dehydrated, therefore you may eat and drink liquids prior to your appointment.
NOTE: We cannot give you narcotics or IV sedation if you do not have a verifiable ride available to pick you up in a timely manner after your appointment. If you do not have a ride home, your only pain medication option will be 800 mg Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). You may NOT take a taxi home unaccompanied.
If you are determined by ultrasound to be less than 6 or more than 10 weeks from your last menstrual period, you may also be given misoprostol, a medication that softens the cervix and makes dilation easier.
After the abortion, you will be given an antibiotic to prevent infection and a prescription for pain medication to use at home, if needed.
Prior to the abortion, you will receive a detailed sheet of aftercare instructions. Afterward, we will provide you with medication, ask you to contact us if you experience symptoms of a potential problem, and explain the importance of rest, good nutrition and emotional support.
You can expect the symptoms of pregnancy to disappear by the third or fourth day following your abortion. If breast tenderness, queasy stomach, tiredness and frequent urination persist, call the clinic at 303-442-5160. You can reach someone at the clinic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For the next two weeks, you will need to take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods that will help your body heal, and do not engage in any strenuous physical activity such as sports or heavy lifting. To prevent infection:
- No swimming, no hot tubs or tub baths. Showers are fine;
- Nothing in the vagina, including:
- No tampons (use pads instead)
- No sex
- No fingers
- No douching
Call us at 303-442-5160 if you are experiencing any problems and a nurse will determine if you need to come in.