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How Long Does a Surgical Abortion Last?

A surgical abortion is usually performed later in a woman’s pregnancy and is more complicated than the abortion pill.

A surgical abortion requires you to visit a hospital or an abortion clinic. The procedure itself takes about 5 to 10 minutes, but you may be there for a few hours. It largely depends on a variety of factors, such as preparation and aftercare. 

What Is a Surgical Abortion?

Surgical abortion involves the dilation of the cervix, allowing the insertion of specialized medical instruments. These instruments are used to detach and then remove the pregnancy from the uterus, sometimes with suction.

Since the abortion pill is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestation, this procedure is typically performed after that. 

How Long Will It Take?

On the day of your procedure, you could spend a few hours at the hospital or clinic. It will vary based on your provider.

Although the procedure is brief, this time includes reading and signing necessary paperwork, preparing for the procedure, and a period of rest and observation in a recovery room afterward.

Prior to starting the procedure, a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or nurse, might administer medication to alleviate cramping. They might also provide medication specifically designed to dilate your cervix.

After your procedure, your uterus will be examined to ensure it’s completely empty. You’ll then be moved to a recovery area to rest.

Safeguard Your Health

Before seeking this type of procedure, it’s important to determine key pregnancy details with an ultrasound scan. This scan will reveal your gestational age (how far along you are), location, and viability (progressing with a heartbeat).

These can be critical details you’ll want to know. The location reveals where the embryo or fetus has implanted, so for instance, if you have an ectopic pregnancy, an abortion wouldn’t be the correct procedure.

You receive all this information for free by getting medical-quality pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound at Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic. 
Schedule an appointment today!