After an Abortion

How long does an abortion take?

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If you choose Nico Women’s Abortion Clinic with our methods, the abortion will take only one visit to the provider. The procedure takes 3-10 minutes. A follow-up visit is scheduled only as needed. If you choose the abortion pill, it’s approximately 2 visits to our office. You take one Abortion pill when you’re in the office. After that, you usually don’t feel any different. You take another set of pills at home. Those pills cause you to have an early miscarriage. This usually happens within hours of taking the second pill, but sometimes it can take longer. You must come back for a follow-up visit a week later.


When you check in for your appointment, we will verify your insurance information, collect your co-payment if applicable and ask you to complete some forms, including your medical history. The NWC Center for Pregnancy Options is integrated into the general Women’s Health Center practice; women are not identified in the reception area as desiring pregnancy termination and there are no signs advertising our clinic. This ensures the privacy and safety of our patients and staff.


When you are fully relaxed, the doctor, health educator and/or doctor-in-training, will ask you to undress from the waist down and put on a patient gown. Your support person can be right next to you for the whole procedure.

During the procedure, the doctor will:

1. Use a speculum to view inside your vagina
2. Clean your vagina and cervix with gauze soaked in soap
3. Apply numbing medication to your cervix
4. Dilate your cervix, the tight opening to your uterus, with thin metal rods
5. Insert a narrow flexible tube into your uterus
6. Apply gentle suction to the other end of the tube to remove all of the pregnancy tissue


After the procedure, you should remain resting for a few minutes. You will probably have some cramping and spotting. We will provide you with a heat pack and a menstrual pad as well as juice and crackers. When you feel able, you may get dressed.

Follow-Up Visits

Unless you are experiencing complications related to the procedure, you do not need to visit our office again. We recommend that you make an appointment to see your regular doctor for an annual pap smear, physical or gynecologic exam and birth control refill requests.

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