What Anaesthetic Is Used During Vacuum Aspiration?
If you’re having a surgical abortion by vacuum aspiration, there are three different types of drugs that can be used to prevent you from feeling anything during the procedure.
A local anaesthetic is a drug that can block pain signals from a certain area. It can be used alone for a surgical abortion by vacuum aspiration if you are less than 14 weeks pregnant.
Conscious sedation is one of the options for vacuum aspiration after 14 weeks. It can help you to stay calm during the procedure, but it won’t put you to sleep.
A general anaesthetic affects your whole body and sends you to sleep. It can be used for both types of surgical abortion, including vacuum aspiration.