- Patient will lie on her back with feet in stirrups and a speculum is inserted to open the vagina.
- A local anesthetic is administered to her cervix. Then, a tenaculum [a slender sharp pointed hook attached to a handle, and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts]1 is used to hold the cervix in place for the cervix to be dilated by cone shaped rods.
- When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula, which is a long plastic tube connected to a suction device, is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta.
- The procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but recovery may require staying at the clinic for a few hours.
Risks and Side Effects:
- Feeling faint
- Less frequent side effects include
- Possible heavy or prolong bleeding
- Blood clots
- Damage to the cervix
- Perforation of the uterus
- Infection due to retained products of conception or infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scar.
Fetal Development: Week 9-13
- Genitals have formed
- Baby can make a fist
- Buds for baby teeth appear
American Pregnancy Association (2007). Types of Abortion Procedures. Retrieved from: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/abortionprocedures.html
Fetal Development citation: http://mayoclinic.com/health/fetal-development/PR00113