Cabbagetown Women's Clinic performs therapeutic abortion by the following methods:
Dilation and Curettage (D & C):
This procedure is performed on patients from 5-14 weeks into their pregnancy. Prior to the abortion, an ultrasound is performed to determine the gestational age. The procedure is done with conscious sedation (I.V. and local freezing). The procedure takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Recovery time can vary from 15 minutes to half an hour.
Dilation and Evacuation (D & E):
This procedure is performed on patients from 15 - 23 weeks into their pregnancy. Patients who are between 15 to 19 weeks gestation will need to come for 2 consecutive days. 1st day will be laminaria insertion and the procedure will be performed the next day. Patients who are over 19 weeks up to 23 weeks will need to come for 3 consecutive days. The 1st and 2nd days are for laminaria insertions, and the procedure will be done on the 3rd day. The procedure is done with conscious sedation (I.V. and local freezing). The procedure takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Recovery time any where from half an hour to an hour.
A female staff member will meet you at the front porch of the clinic. For security reasons, she will ask for an ID/OHIP card to ensure that you have an appointment with the clinic...
You may experience slight cramping discomfort during the procedure. We try our best to minimize the discomfort by administering adequate local freezing and to provide patients with sufficient pain medication.