Once your lab work is completed, you will have the opportunity to speak with a Patient Educator in private. She will review the procedure and the aftercare instructions with you, and answer all of your questions. She will also make sure you understand the Informed Consent which enumerates possible complications of the procedure. Finally, the Patient Educator will discuss your birth control options.

You can talk with the Patient Educator about any special concerns or issues you may have about the abortion. This session is completely confidential. She is here to help you.




Possible complications:

Complications are rare. Approximately 1% of women experience complications as a result of this surgery. In general, the earlier the pregnancy is, the fewer the complications. Vacuum aspiration abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures. As with any type of surgery, however, there is a chance of complication. The following are complications that can occur:

  • Infection: may require antibiotics, hospitalization, and rarely can lead to infertility.
  • Incomplete Abortion: In rare cases, the abortion procedure may not remove all of the pregnancy tissue. The retained tissue may be passed spontaneously or the procedure may have to be repeated (either here or in the hospital). If the tissue is passed, it should be saved so a laboratory can examine it.
  • Excessive Bleeding: Extremely heavy bleeding that requires an evaluation to determine the cause of bleeding.
  • Perforation: An injury to the uterine wall may occur once in 1,000 abortions. Although most perforations heal themselves, hospitalization and surgery may be required. Rarely, removal of the uterus occurs.
  • Laceration: A tearing of the cervix which could require suturing.
  • Adverse Reactions to Medicines or Anesthesia

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