the procedure

It’s a big decision. But it’s a very safe procedure. Just knowing what to expect can ease your mind.

This safe and simple procedure will be performed by a specially trained doctor, and will take just 5 to 10 minutes. One of our nurses will give you intravenous sedation to keep you as relaxed and comfortable as possible. She will be at your side throughout the entire procedure.

After a routine gynecological exam, your doctor will place a speculum into your vagina in order to access and cleanse your cervix (the opening to your uterus) and apply some local freezing. Over the next couple of minutes, your doctor will gently widen your cervix by carefully inserting a series of small tapered rods until it is dilated. During this stage of the procedure you may experience slight pressure or mild cramping, much like menstrual cramps.

Next, your doctor will place a small tube into your dilated cervix. This tube is attached to a vacuum pump (much like a dental suction hose) that your doctor will turn on for a few minutes to help empty your uterus. As your uterus contracts, you may experience some period-like cramping. Your doctor will then do a curettage: a simple process that involves gently scraping the inside of the uterus to free any remaining tissue. After doing a final suction, your doctor will ensure your abortion is complete and that you are no longer pregnant.This process generally takes 5 – 10 minutes.

You will then go to the recovery area, where a nurse will check your blood pressure and heart rate, and offer you medication if you are experiencing any uncomfortable cramping. You may now eat again so we’ll offer you a light snack. Recovery is fast and most patients feel ready to leave in just 30 minutes.

When you’re ready to go, the nurse will explain aftercare and your chosen birth control method to you. She’ll give you the number for our 24-hour help line in case you have any questions or concerns after you leave. If you would like to speak with your counsellor again, please let the recovery nurse know. We’re more than happy to provide you with post-abortion counselling, or refer you to someone in your community for aftercare if necessary. You will also receive an aftercare package which will contain medication and instructions on how to manage your aftercare.