How is a surgical abortion performed?

The cervix is anesthetized with Lidocaine, which is similar to Novocaine. The cervix is then dilated to allow for access to the uterus. A hollow plastic tube comparable to a drinking straw is inserted into the uterus, and the contents are then removed by manual or electronic suction aspiration.

Advanced pregnancy may require that your cervix be dilated (opened) with Laminaria (sterile seaweed), or Cytotec (medication that causes the uterus to contract) which causes the cervix to open. You may be asked to go home or to a nearby hotel and return the following day for the actual surgery. Sometimes it may take 3 days in order for the cervix to dilate adequately before surgery can be performed.

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