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How long does a surgical abortion last?

If you have an unexpected pregnancy, you are likely considering your options. There are three: abortion, adoption, and parenting. 

Surgical abortion procedures are more complicated and typically performed during the later stages of pregnancy. Though some may argue that this is a safe procedure, there are risks and side effects every woman considering one should be aware of. 

While every experience differs, the procedure takes roughly 15-20 minutes, but you will likely be at the provider’s office for 3-4 hours. This time estimate includes the intake process and recovery stage. 

How Is a Surgical Abortion Performed?

A surgical abortion involves using a combination of medication, surgical instruments, and a gentle suctioning technique to remove pregnancy tissue from the uterus. The most common type of procedure is called dilation and curettage

Common side effects of surgical abortion include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding

These side effects can be mild or severe. Some women are at risk for more severe complications, however, including:

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scar tissue on the uterine wall
  • Infection

These complications are serious and can easily be life-threatening if left untreated. You should seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms like severe bleeding, chills, or a fever.

What Is an Incomplete Abortion?

An incomplete abortion occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after an abortion procedure. This condition can lead to sepsis or severe hemorrhaging if left untreated.

Signs of an incomplete abortion include:

  • Abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slowed heart rate

Experiencing an incomplete abortion can be frightening, but the prognosis is good if you receive treatment in time. Common treatment methods include an additional D & C procedure, using forceps to remove the pregnancy tissue, or a combination of oxytocin and misoprostol to remove the tissue. 

I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Now?

If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, Sage Women’s Center is here for you. We offer no-charge, private pregnancy services so that you can get the care you need. 

Contact us today to learn more.

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