Vacuum aspiration

Plan to be at the clinic for 3 to 4 hours

Prepare to be at the clinic all day in case the surgeon decides that you need additional cervical preparation. 

VIDEO: Vacuum aspiration

Vacuum aspiration uses gentle suction to remove the pregnancy and takes about 5-10 minutes from start to finish. Afterwards, you need to rest in the recovery area for about 30-60 minutes. 

You are shown into a treatment area and asked to lie on a treatment couch with support for your legs. A healthcare professional stays with you to provide support and comfort and monitors you throughout.

The doctor examines your uterus (womb) and a speculum is inserted into your vagina. The doctor injects a numbing medication into or near your cervix (neck of the womb) - this injection is missed out if treatment is undertaken with General Anaesthetic. The Doctor will open the cervix using thin rods called dilators (if needed). A tube is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. A hand-held suction device or suction machine gently empties your uterus. You will feel cramping, similar to period pains, during the procedure.

After your treatment you are supported as you walk to the recovery area, where you will be monitored by specially trained staff until they are satisfied with your recovery.  If you have had a general anaesthetic you will wake up in the recovery area.

Vacuum aspiration can be performed with these anaesthetic options:



Risks and complications