A first-trimester abortion (surgical) is one that is performed prior to 12 weeks gestation as determined by ultrasound. The standard procedure for this type of termination is vacuum aspiration or suction curettage. This procedure is also sometimes referred to as a D&C. This type of procedure has no incisions or stitches.
We recommend that patients be placed in twilight anaesthesia for the duration of the procedure. Every procedure is performed in a private surgical suite as part of our policy to provide confidential care to all our patients.
At All Illinois Abortion Clinics, we place the highest priority on compassionate patient care and strive to provide reproductive healthcare access for all.
01. What happens before a first-trimester abortion (surgical)?
02. What happens during a first-trimester abortion (surgical)?
03. What happens after a first-trimester abortion (surgical)?
To ensure that you have a healthy recovery make sure to:
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol while taking medications.
Avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting (over 15 pounds).
DO NOT drive for 24 hours after surgery.
Monitor your temperature.
DO NOT immerse yourself in water until after your follow-up exam.
DO NOT use any type of douching product.
DO NOT use any tampons, only maxi pads.
DO NOT engage in sexual activity.
If you have heavy bleeding (saturating 2-3 pads in an hour) or any large blood clots call the clinic right away.
IF you are under 10 weeks of gestation, you have the option of the Abortion Pill as well.