During a surgical abortion, the patient is given general anesthesia and then the uterine cavity is cleaned using a special instrument. In medical terminology, it is termed as suction evacuation which is then followed by curettage (sealing off the cut blood vessels inside the uterus to reduce bleeding). Doctors then clean the area of the surgery and move her to the post operative area.
Abortion is a day-care procedure. The patient can get admitted to the hospital in the morning and leave in the evening. Practically, one week of proper rest is enough for the patient. However, as per Government rules, a woman undergoing abortion can avail a leave of 6 weeks.
During her stay in the hospital, the patient is kept under observation where her vital parameters – like her heart rate, oxygen levels etc. – are continuously monitored. At home too, the patient needs to follow a light diet and take small walks. Most importantly she should restrain from carrying heavy objects.
In the end, abortion is a woman’s right to choose. There is no shame in getting it done if the woman feels that she is not emotionally or financially able to handle the responsibility of a child. If you are planning to terminate a pregnancy it is important that you visit a good doctor and get the surgery done in a good hospital. Do not try to medicate yourself or try anything that people tell you to terminate the pregnancy. This is not only risky for your future chances of having children, it can also endanger your life.