majority of abortions in this country are performed in the first
trimester. If less than 12 weeks have passed since your last menstrual
period, you are in the first trimester. The most common method for first
trimester and early second trimester surgical abortions is called vacuum
aspiration or suction abortion.
procedure room you will lie on a table and be positioned just like a
regular GYN examination. An instrument called a speculum is placed inside
your vagina and adjusted to hold the sides apart so that the physician can
see directly to your cervix (the opening to your uterus). Another
instrument is then used to hold your cervix in place throughout the
procedure. Next, your cervix is numbed with local anesthesia.
physician will then gradually widen (dilate) the cervix. When the cervix
has been dilated to the width appropriate for your stage of pregnancy, the
physician will insert a small tube (a cannula) that is attached to a
suction machine. The machine's suction empties the contents of the uterus
through the tube. The
entire procedure takes just a few minutes.
Suction abortion is
a very safe medical procedure. Less than 1% of women who have abortions
experience any problems or complications. It is, therefore, not required
that you return for a routine check-up after your suction abortion. If the physician who performs your abortion feels there is a
specific need for further follow-up, you will be given a recommendation
regarding a follow-up plan. If you have any concerns, either physical or
emotional, following the abortion, call Red River Women's Clinic right
away to arrange an appointment for evaluation of your concerns.
Red River Women's
Clinic offers the option of mild sedation for our suction abortion
patients. Mild sedation involves medications that are taken by mouth.
You will not fall asleep but you will feel more relaxed. These drugs
lessen anxiety and pain. The effects of mild sedation can last for
several hours. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery or make
important decisions after ingesting these medications. YOU MUST HAVE
SOMEONE DRIVE YOU HOME FROM THE CLINIC. Your driver must be physically
present & verified by a staff member before you receive any mild
sedation. If you do not have a driver present, you will not receive the
You can still have the abortion without mild sedation - it
is OPTIONAL and not required.
You cannot walk
home, drive yourself home or take public transportation if you have
taken mild sedation medications.
A patient who chooses to have the
abortion without mild sedation can come by herself and can drive herself