You will be told if you need this procedure, which involves an injection through your abdomen to stop the fetal heartbeat. If you feel particularly anxious about the procedure we can provide you with Diazepam, but you will be unable to drive yourself home after taking it.
A thin needle is placed through your abdomen into the fluid surrounding the pregnancy
or the fetal heart, and a medicine to stop the heartbeat is injected. It can take several
hours for the heartbeat and fetal movements to stop if the injection was made into the fluid around the pregnancy.
You are awake during this procedure which takes between 10 and 15 minutes. If you are having dilatation and evacuation, Dilapan may be placed into the cervix (neck of the womb) at the same time as this procedure.
Please ask us if you have any questions, and we will explain this procedure in as much
detail as you need.
Significant, unavoidable or frequently occurring
These are usually easy to treat and rarely have any long-term health effects.
These may require transfer to hospital or surgical procedures, and may have serious long-term health effects.
Extra procedures that may be necessary
Side effects specific to digoxin
Headache, diarrhoea, arrhythmias, blockade of the electrical pathways which control the pumping action of the heart (heart block), loss of appetite, tiredness, confusion, visual disturbances.