We offer you the opportunity to select the type of anesthesia that is right for you. You can choose to be awake or asleep for the procedure. Your anesthesia options are described in more detail below.
Local Anesthesia — Local anesthesia involves the injection by the physician of pain-stopping medication into your cervix . You will be fully awake during the procedure, but your cervix will be numbed. You can expect to have moderate cramping during the procedure.
General Anesthesia — General anesthesia is administered by injecting medication into your vein. This medication will allow you to sleep for the duration of the procedure. The medication is given by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who is specially trained in anesthesia. General Anesthesia is not available at all locations. If you choose this option, we will refer you to a location where general anesthesia is provided.
I.V. Sedation – Intravenous (I.V.) sedation provides a tranquil effect and helps to relieve the anxiety that women who undergo an abortion sometimes experience.