First trimester abortion - Suction curettage

Suction curettage is possible up to 12 weeks. You may choose local anaesthesia or sedation ("twilight sleep"). If you choose sedation, you will be given medication to make you sleep first. If you have chosen local anaesthesia, you will feel the pricks of the anaesthetics and then some cramps similar to period cramps. Sometimes you may need to be given prostaglandin tablets a few hours before the treatment to make your cervix suppler. The treatment lasts 5 to 10 minutes. If you chose sedation, the doctor will wake you immediately after the procedure. You will remain at the clinic for about 1 or 2 hours for monitoring after the procedure.


The total time spent at the clinic is 5 hours on average.


You may have an intra-uterine device (IUD) placed immediately after the treatment.


From a pregnancy term of 8 weeks, your blood group and Rhesus factor will be determined if they are unknown. Because the Rhesus factor is particularly important for pregnancy termination, we need to know if you are positive or negative. If you are rhesus negative, we administer an antibody injection immediately after treatment.


After an intervention under sedation, you may not actively participate in traffic for 24 hours.


Three weeks after the abortion, you will visit the clinic for a checkup. The doctor will make an ultrasound during this checkup. You can also have a checkup with your own doctor.