Anaesthetics are drugs given to patients to stop them feeling pain and other sensations.
Local anaesthetic involves injections that lessen the sensation in a part of the body. You are awake but the pain is reduced and sometimes there may be no pain at all.
You stay awake and the doctor injects local anaesthetic into your cervix (neck of the womb) in addition to oral pain relief medication. This does not make the procedure pain-free but you should experience less pain.
Eating and drinking
Before a local anaesthetic we encourage you to have a light meal and drink as normal. Avoid alcohol.
After your treatment you can usually go home when you feel ready. You may drive and don't need an escort to take you home.