In-Clinic Suction Abortion
WE Health Clinic provides in-clinic suction abortions for individuals choosing to terminate a pregnancy.
A suction abortion is performed by a licensed physician. The procedure is begun by opening (dilating) the cervix so that a flexible straw-like tube, called a cannula, can be inserted into the uterus. The contents of the uterus are then removed using gentle suction. Suction abortion is a safe, effective and common medical procedure.
WE Health Clinic provides suction abortions up to 15.6 weeks of pregnancy.
If you are more than 15.6 weeks pregnant, please call for information on other clinics in Minnesota where you may still obtain an abortion.
Suction abortion appointments can be between 2 to 4 hours long. During your appointment you may have:
- Lab work.
- An ultrasound.
- A nurse health assessment.
- A meeting with a patient educator to discuss your decision.
- An in-clinic suction abortion procedure. The procedure itself lasts around 10 to 15 minutes. After the procedure, you will rest for an additional 10 to 15 minutes under the supervision of a nurse to ensure you are feeling well before you leave.
Visit our Abortion FAQ page for more information.
Other things to know
There are no driving restrictions after your abortion procedure. WE Health Clinic does not use sedation or general anesthesia and they are not available at our clinic. Pain management is achieved by using a local anesthesia and oral medication, neither of which affect your ability to drive.
Abortion is available by appointment only. You can usually get an appointment within a week of calling.
All abortion patients must meet the requirements of the Minnesota 24 Hour Waiting Law, visit our Patient Information page for details.
If you are under the age of 18, please call the clinic for information about the Minnesota Parental Notification Law or visit our Patient Information page.
Here are some of the forms that you will see during your appointment. No need to fill these out ahead of time unless instructed!