Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. But, if you are between 6 and 12 weeks in your pregnancy, you may have a suction aspiration or vacuum aspiration procedure.

Suction Aspiration or Vacuum Aspiration Abortion Procedure

  • Speculum and local anesthetic prepare the cervix.
  • A plastic tube connected to a suction device empties the uterus contents.
  • The procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but you may need to stay at the clinic for a few hours to fully recover.

As with any medical procedure, it is important to have regulations in place in the event of an emergency. Even still, there are risks and side effects with any operation. 

Risks and Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint
  • Less frequent side effects include:
    • Possible heavy or prolonged bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Damage to the cervix
    • Perforation of the uterus
    • Infection due to retained products of conception
    • Infection caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or bacteria being introduced to the uterus, causing fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scarring.

How far along you are in your pregnancy determines which type of abortion procedure you may have. An ultrasound can provide you with a confirmation of a viable pregnancy, as well as tell you how far along you are. To schedule an ultrasound, click here.

Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions.