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 suction. Suction abortion is a safe, effective and common medical procedure.
WE Health Clinic provides suction abortions up to 17.0 weeks of pregnancy.
If you are more than 17.0 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 6 hours long. During your appointment you may have:
- Lab work.
- An ultrasound.
- A nurse health assessment, which can include sexually transmitted infection testing and birth control options counseling.
- 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
General anesthesia is not available at WE Health Clinic. Pain management is achieved by using a local anesthesia and oral medication. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available for additional pain and anxiety relief during suction abortions at an additional $50 cost. None of these pain management methods affect your ability to drive.
Abortion is available by appointment only. You can usually get an appointment within a week of calling.
Here are some of the forms that you will see during your appointment. No need to fill these out ahead of time unless instructed!