Will a surgical abortion hurt?

At Marie Stopes we make every effort to ensure you are comfortable before, during and after your procedure.

General anaesthetic

If you're having a general anaesthetic, you'll feel no pain during the surgical part of the procedure as you'll be completely asleep.


If you're having sedation, you can feel some discomfort and pain in the lower abdomen as the uterus (womb) contracts at the end of the procedure. If you're having sedation, a painkiller will also be given.

No anaesthetic

If you're having no anaesthetic, it's likely you'll experience pain, but will not have the side effects of the drugs used for sedation. If you're not having sedation or a general anaesthetic, you can take 400mg of Ibuprofen and/or 1 gram of Paracetamol an hour before your appointment. Please inform the nurse on arrival of any medication you have taken. Please do not take Aspirin.

Pain after surgical abortion

It's not possible to say how much pain you'll feel after the procedure. At some time in the first ten days after your treatment, you may experience cramping-type pain in your abdomen as the uterus contracts and returns to its normal, non-pregnant size. These cramps can be constant or intermittent. It's not unusual to continue to get cramping on and off in the first 2 weeks after your surgical treatment.

If you're feeling uncomfortable, taking Paracetamol and/or Ibuprofen can help. If you're concerned about the level of pain you're experiencing, or if your pain is not controlled by taking painkillers, please call our Meri Saathi Free Helpline on 16600119756 (ntc) or 9801119756 (ncell).

Need to talk about your options?

Our Meri Saathi Free Helpline has trained and skilled counselors on hand 6 days a week to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare.

Call us now on 16600119756 (ntc) or 9801119756 (ncell)

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