Are You Awake During an Abortion?

After making the decision to receive an abortion, most women have several questions. Many women are concerned about whether or not they will be fertile following the procedure, or various time restrictions about which abortion procedures are allowed. These procedures can also have different side effects. Before deciding on a procedure, we recommend that women thoroughly consider both options.


Long Island Surgical Abortions

Surgical abortions are the most common type of procedure, and what generally comes to mind when people think about abortion. However, surgical Long Island abortions are not like typical surgeries, in that there is no actual cutting involved.

Instead, the gynecologist dilates the cervix while the patient is lying in the same position as a pelvic exam or pap smear. Then, he or she inserts a speculum, which dilates the cervix. Once the cervix is enlarged, the gynecologist inserts a sterile plastic suction tip. This suction tip is normally about the size of a drinking straw, and suctions out the uterine contents. Generally, this process takes about five minutes, or less. Surgical abortions are normally possible until the end of the second trimester.


Medical Abortions on Long Island

Medical abortions have become popular in recent years. This option affords the patient a greater degree of privacy, skipping the surgery entirely.

The medical abortion procedure involves taking two separate sets of pills. The first pill is called Mifepristone, which the patient takes while in the presence of the gynecologist. This pill begins the Long Island abortion process by halting the growth of the pregnancy. The second pill, is called misoprostol, which is generally taken the next day and expels the pregnancy from the uterus. While the second pill concludes the Long Island abortion process, many women experience side effects for a period of time. Medical abortions are normally possible until the end of the first trimester.

woman taking abortion pill at home


Will I Be Awake During the Abortion Procedure?

This can vary based on the individual choice, as well as the type of procedure. The medical Long Island abortion does not involve a surgical process, meaning there is never any need for sedation when taking the pill.

However, some women choose to be asleep for a surgical abortion. If the patient opts to be sedated before the procedure, a doctor will administer a general anesthetic. This injection puts the patient to sleep. If the patient chooses to remain awake, the doctor will instead apply a local anesthetic. This anesthetic numbs pain in the local area, but does not put the patient to sleep.


Long Island Abortions

At Stony Brook Women’s Health, our staff is here to provide the highest level of care for our patients. We will ensure that all of our patients have every possible comfort during the procedure, and be available to answer any questions before and after. Feel free to call our office to schedule an appointment at any time.