Pain, Sedation and Anesthesia

Is the abortion procedure painful?
What are the differences between IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation, Deep Sedation, and General Anesthesia?
Is there pain with the Abortion Pill Procedure?

Pain, Sedation and Anesthesia

Is the abortion procedure painful?

For the comfort of our patients we offer a variety of sedation options such as IV Sedation, Deep IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation, and General Anesthesia. We do not believe there should be any reason patients should have to experience pain or discomfort during the abortion procedure. Most patients after waking up experience a small amount of cramps for 10 to 30 minutes after the procedure which generally goes away without additional pain medications. Some patients elect to undergo the surgical abortion procedure without any IV Sedation and who do very well. There are other patients that can experience a lot of discomfort without IV Sedation which can cause the patient to move in such a manner that can lead to complications.

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What are the differences between IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation, Deep Sedation, and General Anesthesia?

IV Sedation helps to reduce anxiety and pain. It prevents the patient from remembering or feeling any discomfort during the surgical procedure. The patient remains awake and is able to follow verbal instruction very easily. The patient must bring an escort to drive her home after the procedure as the medications used can remain in the body for several hours.

Our Advanced Technology IV Sedation medications have a very short half-life of 5 to 20 minutes which means that within an hour the medications are out of the patient’s body. This allows the patient to drive herself to and from the office without being accompanied by an escort. This is a very good option for patients who want the abortion procedure to be an absolute private matter. They are able to resume all of their normal activities as soon as leaving the office.

Deep IV Sedation uses medications that allow the patient not to remember or feel any discomfort or pain during the abortion procedure. They are able to respond to deep stimuli and swallowing and other reflexes are still in place.

General Anesthesia is when the patient is completely asleep and does not respond to any verbal stimuli and may lose certain major reflexes. The patient does not remember of feel any pain or have any discomfort during the surgical abortion procedure.

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Is there pain with the Abortion Pill Procedure?

Over 80% of women who use the Abortion Pill say that they would use it again if they had to have another abortion. Women who have had the surgical and the Abortion Pill state they prefer the latter. Over 50% of women who terminate their pregnancy using the abortion pill do not use any form of pain medications during the abortion process. Forty percent of women use only Tylenol or an anti-inflammatory medication for their discomfort. Approximately only 10% of women may require stronger pain medication. The majority of those women have never had any children.

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