First Trimester Surgical Abortion

Also referred to as suction-aspiration, or vacuum-aspiration abortions

Gestational Age: 6 to 12 weeks

Typical Cost of First Trimester Surgical Abortion in Illinois: $450-$750

Procedure for a Surgical Abortion

  • The patient lies on her back with her feet in stirrups and a speculum is inserted in her vagina.
  • A local anesthetic (pain medication is used). Some sedation may be used if desired by the patient.
  • Tapered rods (candle-stick shaped) are used to gradually open the cervix rods. Local anesthetic may be administered.
  • A cannula (a thin, hollow tube connected to a suction device) is inserted through the cervix into the uterus to suction out the baby and placenta.
  • The procedure usually lasts 15-20 minutes, but in-clinic recovery may take a few hours.1

The surgical abortion procedure usually requires only one office visit. Vacuum- or suction-aspiration is approximately 99% effective.

Are you considering having a surgical abortion? Schedule an appointment for a free Pre-Termination Evaluation at White Oak Women’s Center to find out what abortion procedure you qualify for.

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References

  1. National Abortion Federation. (n.d.). Abortion Facts. Retrieved from http://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/about-abortion/abortion-facts/