Anaesthetics are drugs given to patients to stop them feeling pain and other sensations.
The doctor will inject numbing medicine into or near your cervix (neck of the womb). In addition you may be given pain medication by mouth. This does not make the procedure pain-free, but you should experience less pain. A nurse will stay with you throughout the procedure to provide you with comfort and support.
Before a local anaesthetic we encourage you to have a light meal and you can drink as normal. Avoid alcohol.
After your treatment you can go home once the recovery staff have decided you are< ready for discharge. You may drive and do not need an escort to take you home unless you are under 16 years of age.
Local anaesthetics are generally very safe and serious problems are rare. You shouldn’t experience any significant side effects. Some people experience temporary side effects such as:
Significant unavoidable or frequently occurring risks