You should plan to be at the clinic for 3 to 4 hours.
(If you are having conscious sedation you must have an adult to accompany you home and stay with you for 24 hours following sedation).
Vacuum aspiration uses gentle suction to remove the pregnancy and takes about 5-10 minutes from start to finish. Afterwards, you will need to rest in the recovery area for about 30-60 minutes. This treatment can usually be done up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
When you arrive, a healthcare professional will talk with you and answer your questions.
You will take pain tablets if you have not taken any before coming to the clinic. You will then be shown into a treatment area. You will be asked to lie on a treatment couch with support for your legs. A healthcare professional will stay with you to provide support and comfort, in addition to monitoring you throughout.
The doctor will examine your uterus (womb) and a speculum will be inserted into your vagina. The doctor will then inject a numbing medication into or near your cervix (neck of the womb) and, if needed, gently open the cervix using thin rods called dilators. A tube is then inserted through the cervix into the uterus. Either a hand-held suction device or a suction machine gently empties your uterus. You will feel cramping, similar to period pains, during the procedure.
In some clinics, where space allows, your partner can stay with you throughout this treatment.