“I wanted to share my positive experience with receiving a surgical abortion at 7 weeks pregnant. I went to a clinic in Cleveland called Preterm and they are wonderful. My first appointment lasted about 3.5 hours, which is expected for all abortion clinics. Originally, I opted for medical abortion but after reading all my options, I chose a surgical for many reasons.
The first reason is that it’s over in less than 5 minutes. Honestly mine only took 3 minutes, if that. Secondly, it is less painful in a short amount of time when compared to the medical option. And lastly, bleeding will be minimal in comparison with medical option.
My first appointment involved me filling out paperwork, a blood prick, and consultation which I found to be really helpful. The staff is friendly and really care about you. My next appointment was for the actual abortion and it lasted 2.5 hours. I was taken to a waiting room to complete some release forms then taken down to the waiting area. I was then given 2 Vicodin pills, a Valium and a Tylenol. After about 30 minutes I was called to the back. I was told to undress from the bottom down and after about 5 minutes the doctor, nurse, and support lady came in. The speculum was put in first, followed by two lidocaine shots into my cervix. Sounds painful, but really it was just a pinch for the first shot and a pinch for the second shot.
It was really helpful that the support person was letting me know everything the doctor was doing. After that, the doctor inserted two rods to help dilate my cervix. This part gave me cramps but only mild cramps. After that the suction device was used and this was when the pressure kicked in. It was moderate pressure, nothing to really flinch or freak out about. It lasted maybe 30 seconds for the first suction process, then the doctor went on to clean up any other tissue left. This was the most painful part, but honestly on a scale of 1-10, I would say the most painful part was at the highest a 4, with 10 being like labor pains. I hope this helps someone feel better about the pain they should expect.” –Anonymous