Abortion at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 Weeks
The method used in pregnancies up to 15 weeks is the Vacuum Aspiration or Suction Method. This can be used if you are unable to take the abortion pill or if you are further on in your pregnancy. You can only have this treatment up to 15 weeks into your pregnancy.
This treatment is carried out by using gentle suction to remove the foetus from the womb. It doesn’t take long – around five to 10 minutes. You can choose whether to have no anaesthetic, a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic.
How is the procedure carried out?
To make the procedure easier you may have a tablet placed into your vagina a few hours prior to the abortion treatment. This tablet softens your cervix, which is the entrance to your womb, making it easier to open.
Once your cervix has been opened a small plastic tube which is connected to a pump is then inserted into your womb. Its suction is used to remove the foetus and surrounding tissue from your womb.
Will the procedure be painful?
You might find the procedure a little uncomfortable but you can choose to have either a local or general anaesthetic if you are worried about it being too sore.
When will I be able to go home?
If the treatment has been straightforward you should be able go home the same day. Many women feel totally recovered within an hour or so. You will experience a little bleeding for up to 14 days after the treatment but it is normally a lot less than with other treatment methods.
Before you leave the clinic you will be given instructions and guidance as to what to expect and when to seek medical help should you experience anything unusual or worrying.
If you are 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 weeks into your pregnancy or later, abortion may still be an option.
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