Aspiration abortion: Before the procedure begins, you will have an intravenous (IV) inserted and will be given medication to help with anxiety, to help you relax and to help with pain. You will be sedated but you will not be totally asleep. A local anaesthetic is also administered to the cervix. Some people will still have menstrual-type cramps during the procedure and these cramps can continue for an hour or more. While you might experience some discomfort during or after the procedure, most people find that it is controllable and does not last very long. (Some people elect to have the procedure without sedation and do so without any problems.)
Medication abortion: You will have a blood test done in the clinic. Patients may or may not experience cramping or bleeding after taking mifepristone at the clinic. After you take the second medication (misoprostol) at home 24-48 hours later, you will experience further cramping and bleeding. Cramps may be severe for a few hours during this process, and may continue intermittently for up to six weeks. Over the counter pain medication can help.
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