What to expect on the day
When you arrive at one of our clinics, you'll have a consultation (if you've not already had a phone consultation) and medical assessment with one of our specialist nurses.
They’ll talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you have.
Before 12 weeks of pregnancy
If you’re under 12 weeks of pregnancy, a gentle suction method will be used to remove the pregnancy from the womb through the vagina. This is quick and simple, and takes about 5 - 10 minutes. A general anaesthetic is not always necessary before 10 weeks of pregnancy.
After 12 weeks of pregnancy
We’ll give you some medication to prepare and dilate (gently open) your cervix. This can take between 3 - 6 hours depending on how many weeks you have been pregnant. You will wait in the clinic during this time.
A gentle suction method is used to remove the pregnancy through the vagina. Slender specialised instruments may also be used. Depending on your gestation, you'll be offered sedation or a general anaesthetic. The procedure will take up to 20 minutes, and you will be in our clinic for half a day to a full day in total.
After your treatment, you'll spend some time in our recovery lounge having some light refreshments until you’re ready to go home. Most women will experience some bleeding and cramping afterwards. Bleeding can last for 1-2 weeks and will be similar to a heavy period. Cramping pains are also normal following the procedure, as the womb returns to its normal size. We will advise you about appropriate pain relief to take, and when to seek further advice if necessary.
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