Surgical abortion information
What does surgical abortion involve?
Surgical abortion is the most common type of abortion and is a simple procedure where gentle suction is used to empty the uterus and remove the pregnancy.
Does surgical abortion hurt?
It is likely that women may experience some discomfort which is often likened to a very strong period pain. As everyone experiences pain differently it is impossible to generalise on how women feel. Most women describe this as strong cramps that subside after about an hour.
Will a female doctor perform my abortion?
Both female and male doctors provide abortion services. If you particularly would prefer to see a woman doctor please mention this when you arrange an appointment.
How long does surgical abortion take?
Surgical abortion takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes. The length of stay at the hospital or clinic varies but is usually just a maximum of a few hours. If an abortion is being carried out at a later stage, the person may need to stay for the day.
What are the risks associated with abortion?
There is very little risk associated with early abortion and no evidence at all that a straightforward abortion has any effect on future fertility or any other aspect of general health. However, any surgical procedure or medical treatment carries some risks and it is important that you are aware of what these are.
Does abortion affect fertility?
There is very little risk associated with early abortion and no evidence at all that a straightforward abortion has any effect on future fertility.