Early Abortion by Vacuum Aspiration
Having an early abortion is a SAFE, EFFECTIVE option for ending a pregnancy in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
An early abortion is usually administered by a method called vacuum aspiration. The procedure itself usually takes only a few minutes and is a common in-office gynecology service utilized for miscarriage management, to end a pregnancy, as well as to correct some abnormality such s heavy bleeding during a period.
However, time is needed for paperwork, lab services and recovery so your registration and appointment can take up to 4 hours.
You will have an opportunity to meet with a health educator to discuss the procedure and if you wish, express your feelings and concerns.
Our staff is here to support and help both patients and those who are with you in this experience.
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What to Expect
You will be assigned a health educator who serves as your advocate; she will assist you with paperwork, review your appointment and answer your questions; your sonogram and medical history is obtained and reviewed, lab work is performed and pre-medications given before you are readied for the procedure. These are important opportunities for you to meet your medical team and to relax.
The early abortion procedure will be performed by one of our Board Certified Gynecologist. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes and typically is not performed until the embryo is visualized by sonogram, usually after 5-6 weeks gestation.
- Local anesthesia (awake) or IV sedation (asleep) is administered
- Sterile medical instruments, a dilator and cannula, are gently inserted through the vagina cavity, cervix opening into the uterus.
- The cannula is connected to a device that will provide the gentle suction needed to safely remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. This may make a slight, annoying sound.
- Following surgery, we allow ample recovery time in our patient’s lounge. You will be discharged with written and oral instructions on how to take care of yourself and what to do if you have a problem.
Two options for your follow-up visit in 2-3 weeks:
- Visit Falls Church Healthcare Center OR
- Return to your own Gynecologist
We encourage and will assist you in exploring various family planning / birth control options.
Additional Information an Early Abortion using Vacuum Aspiration:
- Association for Reproductive Health Professionals: http://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Patient-Resources/Fact-Sheets/Early-Abortion
- National Abortion Federation: http://prochoice.org/think-youre-pregnant/im-pregnant-what-are-my-options/abortion/