If you have chosen to have a surgical abortion:
The entire procedure takes 5-8 minutes. You are not put to sleep for your surgical abortion. You will be offered an intravenous (IV) painkiller and sedative to help minimize discomfort and anxiety during the procedure.
During the surgical abortion, your nurse will monitor your comfort level and vital signs while providing support and guidance through the procedure. Most women are able to carry a normal conversation with their nurse during this time.
If you have chosen to have a medical abortion:
You will meet with a nurse and doctor to have a vaginal ultrasound done, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and have any additional questions answered by your doctor before receiving your medication. No instruments are used.