The Abortion Process at All Women’s Health
We specialize in early abortions, abortion to 16 weeks and medical abortion. In-clinic abortion is a very safe and simple procedure. In-clinic abortions to 16 weeks can be completed in one day. The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Who can have an in-clinic abortion at All Women’s Health?
- Women who are less than 16 weeks pregnant.
- Women who are in good health or who have chronic illnesses that are under control.
What is an in-clinic abortion appointment like?
The following occurs at an abortion appointment:
- History, physical exam, blood tests - you are given information about the procedure and informed consent
- An ultrasound will be done to determine the gestation of the pregnancy. Note: we always do an ultrasound prior to any abortion procedure. Sometimes women are surprised that they are a different gestation than what they thought. You will not be required to view the ultrasound.
- Occasionally a pre-op medication is given. This medicine works directly on the uterus to help with cramping and bleeding.
- The physician performs a pelvic exam to determine the size and position of the uterus by placing one hand on the abdomen and two fingers in the vagina.
- We offer several different choices for pain medication. (If you choose to have narcotics, you must have a driver take you home after the procedure.)
- The physician places a speculum into the vagina (just like a pap smear) so that the cervix comes into view.
- After cleaning the cervix with iodine solution and a gauze pad, the physician administers local anesthetic to reduce discomfort.
- After the anesthetic is placed, the physician gently enlarges the cervical opening. This is done by inserting and removing small sterile plastic dilators into the opening of the cervix. Some women experience 15-60 seconds of mild to moderate cramping during this process.
- Finally, a small plastic tube (called a cannula) connected to a vacuum device, is inserted into the cervical opening and the contents of the uterus are carefully removed. Often, the vacuum device is hand-held and looks much like a large syringe. There is no machine noise with this hand-held device.
- After the procedure, you will rest for 15-20 minutes before going home.