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On your first visit to a surgical abortion clinic in London, your doctor will perform some routine tests and explain your options for termination in detail. If you are between 9 and 18 weeks pregnant, you will probably be advised to have a surgical abortion if you decide to have a termination. Your doctor might also recommend a surgical termination before nine weeks in some cases.
If you decide to go ahead with the termination, you will need to be admitted to the surgical abortion clinic in London for half a day. You shouldn’t eat or drink anything for at least six hours before your procedure. When you arrive, you will be asked a few questions about your medical history, and your blood pressure and pulse will be check. You will be given a surgical gown to wear, but having your own slippers and dressing gown can help you to feel more comfortable. You should also bring a toothbrush and toothpaste so that you can freshen up after the anaesthetic, and sanitary towels as you are likely to experience some bleeding. You will meet the anaesthetist, who will administer the anaesthetic, and after this you won’t be aware of what is going on until you wake up in recovery, having already been given a painkiller to prevent any discomfort.
While you are asleep, you will be taken into the operating theatre, where the procedure will be performed by an experienced surgeon. A surgical abortion doesn’t require any incisions to be made. A thin tube will simply be inserted into your vagina in order to remove the contents of the womb through suction. You can also choose to have a contraceptive coil inserted at the same time. The whole procedure will last just ten minutes, but it can take you a couple of hours to recover from the anaesthetic before you can be discharged from the surgical abortion clinic in London.