Treatment process

On the day of the treatment you may eat a light breakfast without fat or milk products up to 3 hours before the appointment. After that you may not eat or drink anything else, and should preferably not smoke.

 

The clinic opens at 7.45 a.m. You can park your car free behind the building. Upon arrival, please report to the receptionist. If you wish to freshen up, ask the receptionist for the key to the washing area.

 

After you have filled in a questionnaire, you will have an interview with one of our physicians and a preliminary examination, during which the exact duration of your pregnancy will be determined by means of ultrasound. If you wish to see the ultrasound or want to have a copy of the ultrasound picture, please make this known to the doctor before the examination.

When in an early pregnancy no (clear) pregnancy can be seen with the ultrasound, we will make a new appointment for treatment.

 

Thereafter the nurse will call you in. You may ask her for explanation if you cannot understand something of the procedure. You may also have an extra discussion in case you feel uncertain or have diffficulty in making a decision. You may also discuss your choice of contraception with the nurse.

 

From a pregnancy term of 8 weeks, your blood group and Rhesus factor will be determined at the clinic, if unknown. Because the Rhesus factor is particularly important in an abortion, it is essential we know whether this is positive or negative. If it is negative, then depending on the duration of pregnancy, you will be given an antibody injection immediately after the procedure. If you are more than 17 weeks pregnant we also check your blood count (Hb).

 

After the receptionist has dealt with the administrative details, you will be taken to the first floor for treatment.

 

Your partner or companion may be present during the meeting and preliminary examination by the doctor as well as the additional talk with the nurse. The doctor will also need a private conversation with you. Your companion may briefly visit the nursing ward. Your partner or companion cannot be present during the treatment.

 

For a pregnancy up to 12 weeks you will have a suction curettage, and later than 13 weeks, an instrumental abortion. If you have been pregnant for up to 17 weeks, an abortion can be done in outpatients’. Depending on the stage of pregnancy, you will be at the clinic for five to six hours on average. You can choose between a local anaesthetic and a sedation. Mostly it is necessary to administer pre-medication before the treatment in order to make the cervix supple. The treatment lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. Up to 15 weeks’ pregnancy, an IUD can be inserted immediately after the abortion. Afterwards, you will stay under observation at the clinic for between one and two hours. Once the treatment is completed, you will be offered something to eat and drink.

 

Terminations from 18 to 22 weeks take place under sedation. The procedure requires a longer preparation time. During the day, you receive medicines to make the cervix supple. The abortion treatment follows in the afternoon. Depending on the progress of the treatment, you may go home late in the afternoon or in the evening.

 

After a suction curettage with sedation, or after an abortion in the second trimester, you may not actively participate in traffic for 24 hours.